Product Details
List Price:
3 to 7
Trim Size:
9" x 12"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-712-0
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


How will Gregory find his way back to Dad?Swish-swoosh . . . Gregory draws a lion in the sand. "Don't go in the water, and don't leave Sandy," warns Dad. But the sandy lion grows a tail that gets longer and longer—and soon Gregory is lost on the beach. This wonderful read-aloud book brings to life a summer experience that is all too familiar for young children. Karen Williams's rhythmic text has been paired with Floyd Cooper's brilliant illustrations, revealing the trip down the beach entirely from a child's point of view. A gentle father-son bond is shown in both text and art, reassuring young readers even as they share in Greg's moment of worry at finding himself lost and alone.


* "Scoop up this tale for its strength as a unique beach story and for its warm portrayal of an African-American son and father enjoying the outdoors." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A lovely collaboration suited for every collection." —Booklist

* "A charming tale of creativity and discovery." —School Library Journal, starred review

Meet the Author

Karen Williams

Karen Lynn Williams is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including Galimoto, When Africa Was Home, Circles of Hope, and Four Feet, Two Sandals. She has lived and worked in both Africa and Haiti.

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Meet the Illustrator

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper has brought his artistic vision to more than sixty books and over two thousand book jackets. He is a recipient of the 2009 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, as well as three Coretta Scott King Honors, ten ALA Notables, and an NAACP Image Award, among other honors. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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