"A charming tale of creativity and discovery." —School Library Journal, starred review
A creative and intelligent little boy must fight his fear and find his way back to his loving father when they become separated at the beach.
When Gregory draws a lion in the sand at the beach, his Dad warns him not to wander too far. But the sandy lion grows a tail that gets longer and longer, and soon Gregory is lost. How will Gregory find his way back to Dad?
This wonderful read-aloud book brings to life a summer experience that is all too familiar for young children. Rhythmic text and brilliant illustrations reveal the trip down the beach entirely from a child's point of view, and a gentle father-son bond reassures young readers as they share in Gregory's brief moment of worry at thinking himself lost and alone.
About the Author
Karen Lynn Williams is the author of over a dozen books for children, including GALIMOTO, a Reading Rainbow Featured Book and one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, Karen also lived and worked in Haiti, the setting for her highly acclaimed titles CIRCLES OF HOPE and TAP-TAP.
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in THE BLACKER THE BERRY and a Coretta Scott King Honor for BROWN HONEY IN BROOMWHEAT TEA and I HAVE HEARD OF A LAND. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Floyd received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. Illustrator site: floydcooper.com
★ "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 charming tale of creativity and discovery." — School Library Journal, starred review
"A lovely collaboration suited for every collection." — Booklist