Bears at the Beach by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker


 Bears at the Beach by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker. Candlewick Press, (9781536208382), 2021

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   Big Brown Bear and the four little bears, Yellow, Fuzzy, Floppy and Calico, head to the beach to build sand castles.  Their first effort fails as the sand is too dry.  They move towards the water and try to build with drippy wet sand, but the towers collapse.  Deciding to build in the middle with damp sand, they finally succeed until they make holes for the doors and windows.  They give it one more try and use shells and driftwood for the windows and doors.  After lots of trial and error they have a grand castle. This is a fun story about a day at the beach that can teach perseverance.  The acrylic illustrations in beachy sherbet colors perfectly capture the colors of a sunny day at the beach.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? The rhyming text does not always flow smoothly, but children will still enjoy the story.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the previous titles in the series will love this new beach adventure.  A fun addition for a beach themed story time.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/6/2021         

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