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Sally Goes to the Beach:A Black Lab's Holiday Adventure;by Stephen Huneck;2000HC


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Sally Goes to the Beach (Hardcover) by Stephen Huneck Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 38 pages Publisher: Harry N Abrams (May 1, 2000) Language: English ISBN: 0810941864 Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 11.2 x 0.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds. Dustjacket 1st edition. Illustrated with colored woodcut prints by Huneck Printed in the U.S.A. 32 pages of WOODBLOCK illustrations in full color 10 7/8 x 12" 6 listed on web: ranging from 63.00; 99.99; 102.66 Amazon.com Something is happening--black Lab Sally can feel it in the air. When she sees the suitcase, she knows it for sure--she and her human companion (who appears only as an arm or pair of feet now and then) are going on vacation! Soon they're off to an island in the ocean. Along the way, Sally sees birds, boats, lots of other dogs, and even a whale. At the beach, Sally explores and plays. "The air smells great, just like cat food!" This simple tale of a holiday adventure is perfect for any child planning--or reminiscing about--a trip to the shore. Stephen Huneck's text is a quiet tribute to the magic of a sunny day in the sand and surf. But the indisputable wonder of this book is the artwork. Internationally known artist Huneck created every woodcut print by hand, drawing the design in crayon, then carving one block of wood for each color in the appropriate shape. The result is a stunning collection of brightly colored woodcut prints showing spry Sally diving in the ocean, riding boats, and digging holes in the sand. As in his clever My Dog's Brain, Huneck modeled Sally after his very own Labrador retriever, also named Sally. (Ages 3 to 7) From Publishers Weekly Understated humor infuses both the text and handsome woodcut prints in this painter and sculptor's debut children's book. Imparting a contemporary folk-art sensibility, Huneck's prints draw from a deep, sophisticated palette dominated by an appealing array of blues and greens. In short, staccato sentences, narrator Sally, a black Lab, chronicles her vacation to "an island in the ocean." Her dog's-eye commentary ranges from the mundane ("The sky is blue, and the sun is hot") to the droll (as when she observes, at the beach, that "the air smells great, just like cat food!"). Huneck knows how to juxtapose art and text for comic effect: on the ferry to the island, Sally cannot see the captain, "but I can imagine what he looks like"; the accompanying print shows a black Lab at a ship's wheel, wearing a sailor's cap and sunglasses. Later, the beachcombing dog is pictured with first a crab and then a starfish pinching her nose as she concedes, "I realize right away, I still have a lot to learn." Huneck slyly keeps Sally's human owner in the background, only revealing an appendage from time to time. Sally is front and center, and deservedly so-she's one endearing pooch. Ages 4-8. From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2-Sally, a spirited black Labrador retriever, goes on her first vacation at the beach. After a brief description of getting to the island by car and ferry, she is shown enjoying the company of her canine friends, but also having a good time playing and exploring on her own. Young readers will understand her sadness when this wonderful day comes to an end. The playful pup's enjoyment is conveyed through a simple but engaging text and beautiful, full-page woodblock prints. Sally is introduced on the first page in a portraitlike pose, with a winsome expression that is sure to capture the hearts of even non-dog lovers. Though the illustrations are controlled, they are not at all static. The short white lines that define the animal's coat convey energy and tension, and the curving lines of the ocean waves add motion to the scenes. The intriguing endpapers invite a close study of the patterns formed by the dogs swimming to and from the book's gutters. The font created by the artist suits the art and text perfectly. The clear black letters are just the right size for emergent readers. A splendid book for group or individual sharing. From Parents' Choice This handsome, oversized book, illustrated by bold color woodcuts, gives youngest listener/viewers a dog's-eye view of a summer vacation at the beach. Sally, a black Labrador, takes a first timer's enthusiastic delight in the sights, sounds and sensations of a day in the sun, sea and sand. Young children will understand her self-centered appreciation of each new experience. In fact, they can almost be Sally, so large and inviting are each page's close-up pictures. Other dogs appear occasionally, but there are no people -- except for a scattering of human arms and a pair of feet. In the end, it is the richly patterned illustrations that entrance us, and they will reward looking at again and again. A 2000 Parents' Choiceร‚ Silver Honor winner. From Booklist This dog's-eye view of a day at the beach features short, single lines of text beneath big, very simple color woodcuts. As soon as she sees the suitcase, Sally (a black labrador) knows what's coming: a drive to the ferry, meetings with other dogs on the boat ride, games in the water, and exploratory ventures along the beach. Except for their color, Sally and her canine companions (a glimpse of hand or foot is the only evidence of humans here) are identical: big, thick-necked, serious-looking beasts with red collars. Huneck uses solid, evenly applied colors, with white lines to suggest the textures of waves and fur. The figures are posed and static and a moireeffect makes the waves seem to undulate in some scenes. Sally's comments sometimes sound stiff--" I am having so much fun, I am sorry when the sun sets . . . I cannot wait for tomorrow!" But her doggy take on the world will amuse young fans of Minerva Louise and Lisa Kopper's Daisy Knows Best (1999). Parenting "...tongue -in-cheek, fun-in-the-sun fantasy...wonderfully designed to showcase Huneck's pattern-crazed woodcut prints." Book Description Everyone loves a trip to the beach! Sally, a spirited black Labrador, sure does. When she arrives, she encounters new friends, new smells, new games, and, best of all, new adventures. Told from the dog's point of view and brought to life through charming and brightly colored woodcut prints, this endearing story of Sally's vacation is the perfect companion to a child's own trip to the beach or any new place. STEPHEN HUNECK is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor. He is the owner of Stephen Huneck galleries in Woodstock, Vermont; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Aspen, Colorado; Nantucket, Massachusetts; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His hand-carved furniture, sculpture, and woodcut prints are included in various museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of American Folk Art. Card catalog description Sally, a black Labrador retriever, goes to the beach, where she enjoys various activities with other visiting dogs. REVIEWS; Not your average children's book!, November 19, 2005 Reviewer: (Milton, MA USA) I read this to kids from pre-school to 3rd grade. Not only does this book have beautiful pictures and lyrical language, but it lends itself to greater intelligent discussions. Kids yearn to talk about the various forms of transportation Sally takes, if it's really Sally driving that car, why dogs need friends too, and how much fun it is to be curious. Soon, after we reread the entire Sally series a couple more times, we are going to make our own book about when Sally comes to OUR classrooms. I know the style of Sally's story will translate to the kids' understanding about what's great about the environment they live in! Great! , September 20, 2005 Reviewer: Real Mom "Real Mom" (Philadelphia, PA) My daughter always asks for this one. Simple text, brightly colored pictures, and doggies! It's a Dog's Life, April 24, 2002 Reviewer: A reader We see things from Sally's perspective- the story told with humor and wonderful pictures. My 3 year old granddaughter and I hope Sally goes to a lot more places- the beach, mountains and farm could be just the start. A great read!, May 23, 2001 Reviewer: (Mid-Atlantic Region United States) I thought this book would be fun for my son since we have a black lab, but I underestimated how much I would enjoy it too! The illustrations are incredible and the text is witty and really seems to show life from a dog's point of view! Highly recommend particularly if you have or like dogs! Not just for lab owners..., January 17, 2001 Reviewer: LuckeyDuckey (San Diego, CA United States) This book is great for anyone who loves to take their dog with them. It gives you insight into what your dog is thinking while you're packing for vacation, lounging on the beach, etc. Once again, beautiful illustrations. Lovable Labs, August 7, 2000 Reviewer: A reader I purchased this book for my toddler after learning about Stephen Huneck and his art work. It's adorable! This is now my daughter's favorite book. Especially, since we happen to have a black Labrador who looks like "Sally" and acts like "Sally." This book is illustrated very simply with bright colors and simple text that make it a quick read. Overall, a great story about a cute black Lab that goes on a trip to the beach. Wicked funny., July 30, 2000 Reviewer: A reader This guy thinks like a dog. A fun ride on the ferry and a perfect summer day. What more could a black lab want? It made us all laugh, April 10, 2000 Reviewer: A reader Everyone in the family loved this book. It made us all laughand the illustrations are super. Since we have a labrador retreiver wewere especially captivated by Sally. My daughter kept saying read it again Mommy! Stephen Huneck...great artist, good author, April 6, 2000 Reviewer: Johnny boy (Boston Ma) Stephen Huneck has done it again. Not only are the illustrations outstanding but the book held my childs attention for the entire book (not an easy thing to do). I would recommend this book to any Huneck fans or to anyone who just likes Labs. These books are just right to put into the travel bag for a car trip, at the store, waiting in the doctor's office, or when visiting friends. They are the ideal solution for keeping your child busy and happy. 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