This is the story of Sally the Labrador’s holiday at the beach. When she arrives she encounters new friends, new smells, new games, and best of all, new adventures.
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) –Emilie Coulter
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