Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: R.W. Alley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Having brothers and sisters is so much fun because there’s always someone to play with . . . usually. One breezy beach day, Gretchen’s siblings run off to play in the waves without her. Suddenly, the breeze takes her charming new hat. As she grabs the hat’s ribbon she is taken on a high-flying adventure through the clouds with her trusty roly-poly toys by her side. She returns just in time for lunch, leaving everyone wondering what Gretchen could have possibly been doing while they were playing without her.
It’s remarkable where a child’s imagination will lead them. Gretchen shows that no matter where you are you can be on an adventure in your mind. Nothing is impossible there. Gretchen is the youngest of her siblings and her character is developed in a way that will relate to younger siblings everywhere. It seems that her siblings don’t hear her and leave her behind as they go off to do big kid things quite frequently. Gretchen Over the Beach is written and illustrated by R. W. Alley, the same author of the Paddington series. His stories and illustrations are magical and charming; this book does not disappoint!