"It is a beautiful day at the beach." And "At the Beach" by Huy Voun Lee is a beautiful book for children and parents alike.
Xiao Ming is learning to write Chinese characters in the sand. Each symbol has a meaning. The last word they learn is "good," represented by the symbol of a woman and child together.
Books for Children Ages: 1 to 5 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Different languages, learning to write letters, using symbols and pictures to represent ideas.
- Visit the beach together. Draw the letters from the book in the sand. Draw the letters of the English alphabet in the sand. Talk about the difference between the two types of symbols.
- If your weather or location does not allow a beach trip make your own "beach" at home. Pour sand, salt, or flour onto a plate and have fun drawing your letters. Or make it goey by using shaving cream or soap instead.
- Help your child create a symbol for their own name. Think of things that they enjoy, or that they feel represent who they are. Then draw that thing or idea in a picture form.
- See how many words your child knows and help them expand their vocabulary. When at the beach, home, or anywhere else make a game of naming everything you see.
Cultural Diversity: Not only is this a way to introduce children to other languages (if your primary language is English), but the illustrations in the book show a wide range of cultural and ethnic diversity.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book