Beach by Elisha Cooper

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Award-winning author Elisha Cooper uses his renowned soft yet lively watercolors to celebrate the cherished act of visiting the beach.

"Away to the beach! Away to sand and salt water, to rolling dunes and pounding waves."

A day at the beach supplies any child with a lifetime of memories. In this new picture book by award-winning author Elisha Cooper, the simple magic of building sand castles, collecting seashells, and running from the waves is brought to life through poetic text and lively illustrations. Together, readers will be able to visit the beach year-round as they share this delightful book.

About Elisha Cooper

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Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of FARM, which received starred reviews in THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, and BEACH, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Other picture books include A GOOD NIGHT WALK, MAGIC THINKS BIG, and DANCE!, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Elisha Cooper lives with his family in New York City. For more information, go to
Published June 1, 2006 by Orchard Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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It’s never clear whether this child is a boy or a girl, but this doesn’t matter, as from page to page those feet from the cover art feel the heat of sun-baked sand, the coolness of the ocean waters and the hard pressure of a seashell underfoot.

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While Greg and his dad enjoy a beach day, Dad sets two rules: “Don’t go in the water / and don’t leave Sandy,” a lion Greg has drawn in the sand.

Feb 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Beach

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Another charmer from Cooper, who, with his signature impressionistic, diminutive figures and scenes, delivers a perfect day at the beach, observing people, paraphernalia and nature.

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$25 First Chapter: ‘The House at Sugar Beach’ (September 7, 2008) Up Front (September 7, 2008) Times Topics: Liberia An Essay Adapted From ‘The House at Sugar Beach’ in The Times Magazine Articles by Helene Cooper in The Times In her masterly memoir, Helene Cooper bri...

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Like Cooper's other picture books (Baseball ;Building ), this surfside exploration combines a prosaic text with loose, cartoon-like figures that detail the activities a careful observer can notice about a particular place.

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Homer’s Odyssey is the beautiful account of one blind cat and a woman who learned about life through the sightless eyes of a cat that was doomed (or so it seemed) from the beginning.

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Entertainment Weekly

Though many terrible things happened to Cooper — including the gang rape of her mother — she was perhaps most affected by Eunice's decision to remain in Liberia.

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USA Today

SElisha Cooper's lovely, sophisticated watercolors create a day at the beach, dawn to dusk.

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In The House at Sugar Beach, Cooper delivers personal memoir, historical perspective, and journalistic reporting in one book that you won't be able to put down.ProsThe reader is swept up in the sights and smells of Helene Cooper's childhoodConsThe stark violence of civil war makes this book inapp...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Caroline Elkins Providence Journal 4 of 5 Stars "In this shimmering, lyrical, conversational saga of her life and family, disastrously uprooted by wars and crazed militias led by Samuel Doe in 1980 and the infamous Charles Taylor in 1989, Cooper explores her childhood.

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Cooper has penned the story of her Liberian childhood, its affluence brought about by choices of her ancestors: newly-freed, early nineteenth-century slaves who returned to Africa, purchase large tracts of land, and build the new nation of Liberia.

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By Dera Williams • Dec 9th, 2008 • Category: Book Review • Email This Post • Print This Post Covering the Middle East War in 2003, correspondent Helene Cooper had memories of another war;

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