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Grains of sand
2018
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Summary
On the last day of a family vacation, a little girl is as blue as the sea, and her shoes are filled with sand. What should she do with all of this sand? Together, she and her brother decide to plant the grains of sand, and imagine what will grow. A field of beach umbrellas, to wave hello to the sun? Or a forest of windmills, to fill the sails of a boat? Before drifting off to sleep, the girl has her dad promise they'll go back for new grains of sand next year.

Spare text will prompt readers to wonder and imagine their own possibilities, while illustrations in a palette of yellows and grays convey the sun-soaked joy and the lingering nostalgia of family vacations well remembered.
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-K-Wanting a wonderful vacation to never end is a sentiment that many children can relate to. When the family in Delacroix's latest return home from their beach trip, the two young kids find a way to make the vacation last a bit longer. The little girl finds sand in her shoes and she, along with her toddler brother, decide to plant the grains of sand. The siblings imagine fanciful, beach-related objects growing in their garden. The mostly monochromatic illustrations effectively create a magical world full of yellow beach umbrellas, a forest of pinwheels, and a crop of ice cream. Ending with a sweet promise of a trip next year, both children fall asleep peacefully. VERDICT This is a delicate bedtime story in which young readers will find comfort. Perfect for seasonal sharing one-on-one or with a small group.-Susan Small, Salve Regina -University Library, Newport, RI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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*Starred Review* The power of a child's imagination permeates this simple story of the gifts that remain even after a vacation is over. Two children sadly return home, but suddenly find an adventure when the sister discovers some grains of sand in her shoe. Double-page spreads of soft grays and white are at first brightened only by touches of blue on the children's clothing, but they become illuminated by a happy yellow as the children consider what might happen if the sand is planted. Their dreams, and Delacroix's fun language, reflect the joys of their vacation: a field of beach umbrellas, a forest of pinwheels, a crop of ice cream. The use of color here is particularly striking. When we get home, Ulysses still has water in his eyes. I am as blue as the sea, our narrator says, her words accentuated by the touches of blue in the otherwise gray drawings. As the handful of sand reignites memories of fun, the pages grow brighter The golden sand, sometimes dominating each spread and other times only a fleck here or there, ultimately proves to belong to the sandman. The perspective sticks closely to the children's lives, and an unnamed narrator gives young readers a window into the world. Vacation may be over, but it still resonates.--Ching, Edie Copyright 2018 Booklist
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