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A Beach Tail

Karen Lynn Williams, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/6/2014)
Hardcover (2/1/2010)


"A charming tale of creativity and discovery." —School Library Journal, starred review
A creative and intelligent little boy must fight his fear and find his way back to his loving father when they become separated at the beach.

When Gregory draws a lion in the sand at the beach, his Dad warns him not to wander too far. But the sandy lion grows a tail that gets longer and longer, and soon Gregory is lost. How will Gregory find his way back to Dad?
This wonderful read-aloud book brings to life a summer experience that is all too familiar for young children. Rhythmic text and brilliant illustrations reveal the trip down the beach entirely from a child's point of view, and a gentle father-son bond reassures young readers as they share in Gregory's brief moment of worry at thinking himself lost and alone.

Praise For A Beach Tail

★ "Scoop up this tale for its strength as a unique beach story and for its warm portrayal of an African-American son and father enjoying the outdoors." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★"A charming tale of creativity and discovery." — School Library Journal, starred review

"A lovely collaboration suited for every collection." — Booklist

Astra Young Readers, 9781635925531, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

About the Author

Karen Lynn Williams is the author of over a dozen books for children, including GALIMOTO, a Reading Rainbow Featured Book and one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, Karen also lived and worked in Haiti, the setting for her highly acclaimed titles CIRCLES OF HOPE and TAP-TAP.

Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in THE BLACKER THE BERRY and a Coretta Scott King Honor for BROWN HONEY IN BROOMWHEAT TEA and I HAVE HEARD OF A LAND. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Floyd received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company.  Illustrator site: