Project Description


At the Beach

by Elizabeth Spurr
illustrated by Manelle Oliphant

Simple, evocative language and charming illustrations describe one boy’s day at the beach.

In this gently rhyming board book about a visit to the beach, a young boy digs in the sand and makes a sand birthday cake, then loses it to the waves. His mother distracts him with a picnic and he falls asleep at the end of a full and happy day.

Elizabeth Spurr and Manelle Oliphant together create a perfect sit-in-your-lap reading experience for toddlers.

Format: Board Book
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-583-6
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
Page Count: 22
Size: 5-7/8″ x 6-1/2″
Age Range: 1 – 3
Language: English
GRL: B, Gr K
Themes: Beach, Rhyme
BISAC 1: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 2: JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General


“Oliphant’s soft drawings, which look to be a mix of watercolor and colored pencil, capture the flow of sand and water well… While the youngster was pleasingly more self-reliant and self-assured in previous offerings, his play and his interactions with the natural world continue to ring true.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The gentle scenes are depicted in watercolor and pencil, with one or two words per page… This simple story will resonate with parents and children.” ―School Library Journal

“Simple language and evocative art tell a complete story, especially when the book is read while sitting on someone’s lap.” ―Hickory Ridge Reader

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Spurr holds a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. A former newspaper editor, she is the author of a number of children’s books. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Manelle Oliphant is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho and an artist and illustrator. She lives in Utah. You can visit her website here.