Doris Gayzagian is an early childhood educator and poetry slam champion. This is her debut book. Kristina Swarner is a book and card illustrator whose work includes Before You Were Born.
PreS-Mother and daughter spend an idyllic day at a deserted beach. The little girl enumerates the treasures such as shells and feathers that she finds and incorporates many of them into an elaborate sandcastle. Gayzagian's verse maintains an easy rhythm, and alliteration adds aural interest. Swarner's watercolors recall the world of French impressionists, where a rosy-cheeked child can keep her white dress spotless through hours of play. Together words and pictures create a summer of memory or longing. This bedtime book ends with the two characters drifting to sleep as one white wishing stone and two periwinkle shells rest on the window ledge. The quiet story may evoke a similar response in young listeners winding down after a day of outdoor activity on the beach or elsewhere.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.