New Picture Book Out Today: The Race to the Beach! by Anna Shuttlewood

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The Race to the Beach by Anna Suttlewood. A charming picture book about zoo animals visiting the beach.

The Race to the Beach by Anna Shuttlewood

Age Range: 4 – 7 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 2 | Hardcover: 40 pages | Publisher: little bee books (May 5, 2015)


About The Race to the Beach

On your mark, get set, GO! Find out which zoo animal will win the race to the beach in this fun, sweet picture book.

The zoo animals are off for a summer’s day on the beach! They catch the train to the seaside and have a wonderful time eating ice cream and building sandcastles. Then Seal suggests a race in the water, and Giraffe finds himself left out–he’s the only zoo animal who can’t swim! But when Crocodile gets into trouble, it’s up to Giraffe to prove who is really the bravest animal of all.


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My Thoughts on The Race to the Beach

Happy book birthday to The Race to the Beach by Anna Shuttlewood!  This is such a cute book and my kids love it!

The story is about a group of zoo animals that decide to spend a day at the beach.  They get the great idea to have a race to see who can swim the farthest in the ocean.  Everyone wants to win except giraffe, who appears indifferent to the taunts of the other animals.  We soon find out why giraffe decided to play the part of a spectator, and it wasn’t because he’s afraid of swimming!

My kids love this book.  They’ve been taking swimming lessons in the summer, so it resonated with them really well.  I really liked how giraffe didn’t let the other animals ruffle him.  He knew that his particular skills might be needed and he didn’t let peer pressure get to him.  I also liked the way it ended and was happy that the other animals learned to respect giraffe.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.



Interior image from The Race to the Beach by Anna Shuttlewood.

*Interior page.

Interior page from The Race to the Beach by Anna Shuttlewood.

*Interior page.



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    Laura Thomas
    May 7, 2015 at 1:47 am

    This sounds adorable and the pictures are enchanting. I'm smiling!

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