Returning to the beach cottagea cottage named Scallopwhere she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are all returning, too. And she's certain her parents have t...more
There is a very small am ...more
Absolutely beautiful insight into the emotional experiences of children. Once again, Henkes presents adults and children in a realistic narrative of their lives, this time centered around the birthday of Alice, who is turning 10. There is so much honesty and insight in this story about the natural self-centeredness of children, about development and developing self awareness, about the impact of parenting, and of how adults relate to children depending on rela ...more
A previous reviewer noted that the market for this book may be slim, and un ...more
The descriptive language is absolutely beautiful. I could see the waves and feel the sand and smell the air and taste the chocolate icing on her birthday cake. Teachers will love to use passages from this book just for the descriptions.
Alice is a believable and relatable character. She gets excited and disappointed and as rea ...more
The summer brings Alice some ...more
So Alice spends her vacation, and her birthday, having attention lavished on her by the adults around her - but also having to be mature herself when relat ...more
That aside, the story is a sweet one, verg ...more
A nice, subtle story about changing, growing up and how life does not always go the way we hope but that does not nece ...more
Also, the elderly are people with feelings. But they still make good friends for ten-year-old girls. And everyone is beautiful in her own way.
The type of a not-much-there plot that really only works if the writing is breathtakingly beautiful or the characters are authentic and engaging – both facets which are lacking in this instance.
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