Freckles And The Great Beach Rescue

Summary:

Pinch (a sand crab) has no one to play with because the sandpipers say he's too slow, and he's afraid of the water. Freckles, whose new to the beach and looking for adventure, says he wants to play with Pinch. Now he has a friend, but can Pinch overcome his fear of the water? When a storm starts blowing toward shore, Freckles and Pinch have to help some baby sea turtles. Can they do it?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a picture book with lots of layers. It can be JUST a fun story, or it can offer lessons in friendship, acceptance, admitting poor judgment, overcoming fear ... and others.

Content Awareness Factors:

None!


Little Kid Reaction

Our child showed immediate empathy for Pinch and wanted to help Freckles befriend the sand crab. S/He thumbed through the pages several times, just to explore.

Parent Reaction

This was a fun story to read. The illustrations are great, and the animals' expressions (sans the birds) are terrific!

Type of Book:
This is a picture book with several layers of morals for kids.
Educational Themes:

The book offers the opportunity for kids to practice vocabulary (lots of repetition), as well as draw meaningful lessons from the story. It's easy to stop and ask "how would you feel" or "what would you do" while reading.

Reading Level:
3.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This could be a fun pre-beach read, not only to introduce the things you see at the beach, but to get kids' keen observation looking for new things in new ways when they get there (how do sand crabs and sandpipers get along?).

Title Freckles and the Great Beach Rescue
Author Ellen Bryant Lloyd
Publisher Butterfly Creations, Inc. © 2005
Illustrators Carol Schwartz
ISBN 0965044912
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.95
Genres Adventure, Emotions and Feelings
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