Three by the Sea (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

by Edward Marshall

Other authorsJames Marshall (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1994



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Penguin Young Readers (1994), Edition: Reissue, 48 pages


Three friends relax after their picnic lunch by each telling his or her best story.

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LibraryThing member GeniusBabies
A fun book about three friends who tell short stories to each other after they eat lunch on the beach. One tale is boring, one is cute, and one is scary, but all are a great time. The illustrations and color scheme of the book are definitely lacking though
LibraryThing member vabrazzolotto
Three by the Sea is about three children, Lolly, Spider, and Sam, who have a picnic on the beach. Lolly tells a story to pass the time that they have to wait before they can swim because they just ate. Lolly's story is about a cat, a dog, and a rat. Spider and Sam do not like Lolly's story so Sam
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tries to tell a better one, but Lolly says it has to be about a cat and a rat. Lolly likes Sam's story, but Spider does not like the ending so he tells a story about a monster who likes to eat children. Lolly and Sam both like Spider's story. Enough time has passed after the stories that the children go swim.
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LibraryThing member kairstream
Three stories told by three friends one better than the next exemplifies good story elements. This book was recommended by author George Shannon at the IRA Conference talk as his most favorite book to use for sharing with students about good story writing.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Funny. And a good way to introduce a discussion of 'what makes a good story' among young writers. Which is your favorite? How would you suggest improvements to each? What would your story be, if you were participating with Lolly and her friends?

Also, of course, it's a satire of the weaker early
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readers. As the Marshalls make clear, there's no reason a beginner's book can't be a good book.
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Reading Rainbow Program Selection (Selection — 12 — 1983)


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Physical description

48 p.; 9 x 0.2 inches




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