We loved spending time at the beach this summer. The beach is natural, inviting, comforting and relaxing. My daughter spent endless hours building sand castles, searching for shells and frolicking in the water with her dad and/or her friends. Fall is upon us and we’ll miss those beach trips.
One of my favorite children’s books that reminds me of childhood fun and bidding a farewell to summer is Wave by Suzy Lee. The minimalist design is extremely expressive in this wordless book. Charcoal and paint is the medium used in Wave. That and the only two colors used throughout the book are cyan and black. My daughter enjoyed turning the large landscaped pages to reveal the water play story.
A young girl spends the day at the beach playing in the water, while the seagulls look on. The scene turns into the girl challenging the Wave. She eventually succumbs to the Wave but is amazed by what wonderful treasures that is left behind. I like that the mother figure only appears in the first and last pages. I enjoy watching my daughter from a distance and observe her innocence, curiosity and growth. I felt this is what the mother was doing in this book. She observed and loved from a distance and let the girl have her moment.
The innocent interaction between the young girl and the Wave is humorous and reminds me of not only my young daughter but also of me and my Korean mom. The author is Korean and in my opinion this book has a cool Asian style and look to it.
The Wave is a wonderful book for any reader. Even non-readers can enjoy this book. You can imagine and create your own storyline. The book ends with a goodbye. But it’s not for good… see you next year summer!
– Tee & Teagan