Saturday, July 12, 2008

Beach Sprite

I have fallen in love with Suzy Lee’s book Beach Sprite; it is about a day of a girl at the beach.

There is a girl envisions herself sliding down a giraffe’s neck, for example — that suggests closeness to nature. “Wave” emphasizes a similar connection but edges closer to reality; a flock of sea gulls becomes a young girl’s entourage, mirroring her emotions as she plays with the water.

They run together from the encroaching tide, the girl’s dress and foot flicking out behind her, and then become gradually braver as the wave recedes.

It is all about the imagination, Waves, seeing the world through the eyes of a child.

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