By Kiyomi Konagaya. Illustrated by Masamitsu Saito. New York: Enchanted Lion Books, 2012.
One of the joys of summer is going to the beach. No matter if you are young or old, the pull of water and sand just makes you happy, and this book is a beautiful representation of that. A young boy visits the beach and quickly runs through the sand to get to the water, but "ouch" that sand is hot, so he kicks off his sandals. As he runs towards the ocean, his independence and joy are very evident. With his floatie tube around his waist, he excitedly explores the beach and ocean with his feet, including shells on the ocean floor and the cool feel of the water and waves. The illustrations are magnificent and they truly demonstrate the young boy's happiness at being at the beach. The text also perfectly matches the age of the boy with simple statements that toddlers and preschoolers can relate to. I can't think of a better book to share with someone this summer!