The story of a boy's visit to the beach, Beach Feet opens with a small boy feeling the heat of the sand and then running towards the ocean. Free and independent despite his young age and the tube around his waist, the boy gives himself over to the ocean and the pleasures to be had at water's edge.Read more...
The story of a boy's visit to the beach, Beach Feet opens with a small boy feeling the heat of the sand and then running towards the ocean. Free and independent despite his young age and the tube around his waist, the boy gives himself over to the ocean and the pleasures to be had at water's edge. Throughout, the boy's connection to the beach through his feet--the feel of sand, shells, water--is never lost. Unusual perspectives and a pitch-perfect voice make this a standout.
Kiyomi Konagaya was born in 1936 in Shizuoka, Japan. At university, he studied English literature and published his poetry in literary magazines. After graduation, he took a job at an advertising agency. In 1977 he won the prestigious Mr. H Award (for new poets) for Little Voyage 26. He also won the twenty-first Takami Jun Prize in 1991, and the twenty-fifth Contemporary Poetry Award in 2007.
Masamitsu Saito was born in 1958 in a seaside town along Kujyukuri Beach in Chiba, so he grew up to the sound of waves. He studied graphic design at Tama Art University. His work can be found in magazines and books, as well as on chocolate packages.
- ISBN-13: 9781592701216
- ISBN-10: 1592701213
- Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
- Publish Date: May 2012
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 2-5
- Dimensions: 9 x 10.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Series: Being in the World
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Short, sweet, and staccato, the words of this Japanese collaboration focus on one child, one summer excursion, and one very particular set of feet. So evocatively does poet Konagaya observe the experiences of feet at the beach, and so vividly does artist Saito record them, that to read this book is to be transported straight to the seaside. “Ow, ow, ow!” cries a mop-haired child who could be a girl or boy, dashing across hot sand. “I have to run quickly into the water.” With a yellow tube gripped tightly just above the waist, the child approaches the waves. “Ahhh, the wet sand feels good. Cool and soft.” With energetic pastel lines, Saito draws feet on moist sand. Wild, white spray and blue bubbles wash past, and adorable toes wiggle in the foreground as the child pushes through the next wave. Casual scribbles evoke the movement of the water, its chilly blue depths, and the rocking of the waves. Big forms provide motion and action, while the artwork gives the pages a sense of velvety luxury. A small-scale creation that yields unexpected richness of experience. Ages 3–7. (June)