The Boy on the Beach by Niki Daly

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It's hot, hot, hot. A small boy and his parents are at the beach where there are crowds of surfers and sailboarders and sunbathers.

The boy doesn't much like the big waves. He holds hands with his parents for only one big one. Then he runs off to find some fun. He zips through the crowd, heading toward the lifeguard station high on a dune. Just below it is an old, abandoned boat, waiting for the boy to be its brave captain. And brave he is, fending off sharks and storms. But all of a sudden, with the dunes rising like big waves around him, he realizes he is lost and all alone. "Mommy! Daddy!" he cries. With the help of a lifeguard who comes to his rescue, all ends well.

Full of gentle humor and illustrated with exuberant watercolor paintings, this is a reassuring story Niki Daly, the creator of Not So Fast, Songololo and Papa Lucky's Shadow, has here conjured up all the pleasures of a summer day at the beach that no one, young or old, will be able to resist.


About Niki Daly

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Niki Daly is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Kleinmond, a small seaside town in Western Cape, South Africa, and often finds inspiration for his stories in African peoples and cultures.
Published May 1, 1999 by Margaret K. McElderry. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Malusi also has a dream: he wants to be president, and when Nelson Mandela's car happens to drive by (it seems surprisingly believable), Mandela tells Malusi that he was once a herd boy himself.

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The prose is packed with descriptions that appeal to the senses, from a lifeguard ""cool as a coke and copper-tanned"" to sand dunes that ""rise like monster waves,"" and slips easily into casual rhyme (e.g., ""Sandy toes...

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