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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,718 ratings  ·  271 reviews
In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2008
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 16th 2008 by Chronicle Books
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Charming wordless picture book that tells the story of a young girl's encounter with the waves—from her initial timidity at the new experience, to brash taunting that the wave won't get her, to humble-pie-ing when it *does*--discovering treasures that it washes ashore. In the end, she has found a new friend in the sea and "waves" a fond farewell.
Lisa Vegan
Dec 17, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of brilliant wordless picture books, the ocean, the beach, nature, humor
Oh, I just loved this book. It’s brilliant in every way. I was completely charmed.

It’s the wordless story of a young girl who goes to the beach with her mother/a female adult, and it’s about her, some birds, some beach finds, and some waves/the ocean.

Any young child or any person who took at least one beach trip as a child will perfectly understand the events.

Recently, some Goodreads’ members and I were talking about the book Karen and I remember one line from that book, paraphrased here, that:
Crystal Marcos
Jan 18, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wordless picture book lovers and beach/ocean admirers
A delightful wordless picture book brought to my attention by the Children’s Picture Book Club monthly discussions found here It is about a little girl at the beach and her interactions with a wave and some friendly seagulls. Fun illustrations with simple color choices, blue, white, and black make this book worth the read. One thing that was a bit perplexing and slightly annoying was in some of the illustrations the poor little girl lost a limb because of ...more
My 9 yr old daughter brought this home from the school library. It has no words, only simple, beautiful drawings of a girl on the shore and of course, waves. You can make up your own story. My daugher and I have shared "reading" this together and it starts discussions about our times at the beach. Just a lovely, simple delight.
Noran Miss Pumkin
beautiful-one of the best kid's artsy books i have fallen in love with this year. simple and lovely story of a girl and the ocean waves--made wish for San Fran again--we stay on the ocean side every time.
Jun 04, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful wordless book about a little girl playing at the ocean. It was fun for us to "read" this book together, and reminisce about our years living in Hawaii. Our girls were quite adamant that her mommy must've been close by, since she could've been pulled out to sea by the big wave and the undertow.

They also pointed out that, "you should never turn your back to the ocean," an important lesson we have taught them. The illustrations were simple, with only shades of black, white, gra
As a teacher:
This wordless book uses 4 elements of design that provides the reader with a wonderful imagination/meaningful connections of a day at the beach. Suzy Lee uses charcoal as a medium to illustrate the mesmerizing wave that the little girl of the story interacts with. Lee uses curved and straight lines to show off the wave's movements as it builds up in the ocean or as it crashes onto the shore. The author also uses rolling "shapes" of the wave to allow for interpretation of the fluidit
One of the nice things about cataloging for a library is you get to see all the different books other people ordered. Every so often will catch my eye and I have to stop and look at it. Now I must admit this happens most with children's books and the ones with gorgeous pictures of food. :)Anyway, this was one of the books that came across my desk, and I couldn't resist flipping through it.

I have always enjoyed wordless books and this one was no exception. I love the simple black and white line
Dana Still
Text to Self: The reason I chose this book, was for my son, the one thing he asks to do is to go play on the beach. When we read this book together he created a wonderful story about himself playing on the beach. He placed himself inside the story, which will help him with his comprehension. We actually read this story several times and each time his story changed.

Text to Text: My first thought was of Curious George, how the child in the story reminded me of him. The child just played with such
Sabrina Parsons
This book is a wordless picture book that shows a little girls adventure in one day on the beach. It shows the interaction between girl and water and how that relationship grows. It also allows the reader to see how the young girls surroundings interplay with her actions while she is on the beach.
This book shows a lot of character development, because in the beginning of the book the young girl isn't too fond of the beach, but later on starts to get closer and closer to the water until she is a
Elizabeth Murphy
This is one of the most simplistically beautiful books I have ever laid eyes on. Wave is wonderfully illustrated wordless children's book about a little girl's day at the beach. Suzy Lee uses only two shades of watercolor to illustrate the book which is something that truly amazed me when flipping through the book. Lee artistically conveys page after page this little girl's reactions to what the ocean waves do when they come to shore. The little girl's emotions are easily distinguishable in the ...more
I found this book to be very good, and I believe that the pictures should speak volumes about the quality of this story.
The basic idea of the book is that a little girl is visiting the beach with her mother, and playing along the shore with a wave.
The art is fantastic. There are subtle interactions between the girl, the wave, and a flock of seagulls as the wave crashes against the shore. The interaction between the girl and the wave is the focus of the story, and the art really captures the pla
This book was not too exciting. It shows a little girl who goes to the ocean with her mother and plays with the waves. It doesn't seem like she intends to go into the ocean because she is wearing a dress and not a swimsuit. She runs to the waves and then as they come in she runs away. She teases the waves, she scares the waves and sticks out her tongue at them as well. There are sea gulls that stay with her the entire time. At the end of the book the wave does get her and knocks her down. It is ...more
Carolyn Hart
When a young girl arrives at a beach, she is filled with enthusiasm and dashes forward, stopping just short of the beautiful, frothy blue water. She hesitates on the sand, pausing, leaning as she is drawn toward the ocean. Suddenly, the character of the water changes. Worried, she tentatively shifts backward, her steps mirrored by a group of friendly gulls. As the waves reverse and retreat, our young heroine stands on her tip toes and challenges the salty water. Before long, she leaps into the d ...more
Taylor Torgrimson
In Suzy Lee's "Wave" the reader is shown the story of a young girl who overcomes her fear of the ocean. At first she stands at the tides surface too afraid to fully enter into the ocean. But as the reader turns the pages, they see that the girl overcomes her fear and jumps in and splashes all about. The little girl is no longer afraid and having the time of her life until a big tidal wave comes up and knocks her down. She quickly runs from the ocean only to see that an abundance of beautiful sea ...more
Bryant Schumacher
Without a word in sight, Suzy Lee visually depicts a young girl’s day at the beach in her book, Wave. From the start, the young girl runs from her mother’s sight to the water’s break in the sand. She is inquisitive of the ocean as birds flock around her like an audience for her innocent interest. She playfully mocks the power of the water, sticking her tongue about the shallow crashes. She plays, frolics, then is eventually humbled by mother nature. The water calms to reveal the young girl befud ...more
Alyssa Roberts
In Suzy Lee's wordless picture book, Wave, a little girl visits the ocean with her mother. She dances and plays at the edge of the water, while learning the way the oceans moves. She dances with seagulls and then splashes and kicks the water to form a tall wave. The waves gets taller and closer, building up, then it splashes, crashing all over her and the shore, and leaves behind a trail of treasures. The little girl then walks away and waves to her new friend. This is a great story about how ch ...more
Claudine Yanting
A playful little girl.

A wave.

That's all.

That's what this wordless picture book is about. Okay, maybe add in a few sea gulls and a mother watching by. But seriously, that is all.

And they, Girl and Wave, make up a joyful summer read about children's friendship with Nature. It's cheeky at times. It may start off with a teasing 'I-dare-you.' It splashes and clashes and leaves surprising finds. In the end, it's also about being together, happy.

I love the sea.

I'd learned about this book on Goodreads.
I read this book during the time of AFCC festival in Singapore. After her presentation about the trilogy: Wave, Mirror and The shadow, all of her books were out of stock. The border between the reality and the imagination is the main theme of all of her books.

It has been such a long time I did not read a book that can inspire me as much as this one.
Kendrick Goodman
While I am an advocate for bright colors in a children's book, Suzy Lee somehow gets away with only using 2 different colors in this book but still is able to keep the reader enthralled. Also, this book has no words to it. The sweet story of how a girl meets a wave on a beach will keep you wanting to turn each page. This is perfect for telling a story to children who cannot read yet. As well, the message of taking a risk and doing something out of your comfort zone is what children should get fr ...more
Dire che è un libro per bambini è molto riduttivo, certo in teoria lo è, ma io l'ho sfogliato diverse volte avanti e indietro e l'ho trovato bellissimo. Non c'è nemmeno una parola, ma la successione delle immagini raccontano, come in un film muto in bianco e nero.
Jazmin Maldonado
Energetic. A word I would use to describe this book throughout. Although wordless Suzy Lee does a marvelous job depicting the day at the beach and it's natural beauty. Starting off quite calm, the background is that of a few mountains, bordered by a white plain sky. A full page bleed exposes a wonderful blue ocean, both calming, roaring and full of surprises. The little girl made using charcoal is perfect. That certain medium gives off a sort of motion-like sense to the pictures. The seagulls as ...more
Simple and beautiful - only black coal and blue watercolor - without words, but with plenty expression and room for inventing dialogue:

A little, cheeky girl and a flock of seagulls confront a wave at the sea shore. Who'll have the last word?
Cindy Dobrez
This wordless picture book is fabulous, with one exception. The edition I got from the library loses important parts of the illustrations in the gutter! ARGH. It's too nice of a book for that to happen!
Katie Hogge
I absolutely loved this book! The first thing I thought after finishing it was, "I need to own this book." I bought it off of Amazon immediately.

I was really impressed with the uniqueness of this book. It is such a simple idea but it was expressed in such an artistic manner. The little girl in this story had a lot of character, and had the some really fun facial expressions that I really think children would enjoy watching progress throughout the story. I love the wordless books because it allow
This book shows a little girl at the beach.

It does look an awfully lot like the sea between Korea and Japan. My son remembered when I lost my sandal in the waves there.
Wave is a wordless picture book about a young girl who plays with the ocean waves. She taunts the waves to catch her, and when they do, they leave behind an array of sea shells on the beach for her to play with.

The pictures are in charcoal and blue and white paint. The blue color pops off the page, and the swirling water gives the pictures a playful feel. The story is perfect for ages 3-6, a fun enjoyable read for parent and child, where the child can become the story teller.

There were several i
Eva Kelly
So this one is another one of those ones that's all pictures and no words. It's about a girl and some birds at the beach, and she gets soaked but then you know what? She finds some great seashells! And you know what else? It's like the waves are an animal that gives her the shells! And the girls says "goodbye" to the waves at the end, so she must think so too.
This is a good one that's the opposite of books about snow. But I guess you need to go SOMEPLACE when it's not snowing, and the beach is g
James Moore
I decided to use the book, "Wave" by Suzy Lee as my choice of a wordless picture book. I found the book at my local library and thought just by the cover of the book that it was interesting in a way. Upon looking through the book I feel I could easily incorporate into a lesson about oceans or as a book walk through that uses no words. I feel this book can easily say alot without any words used in the story. I think this book could easily spark class room discussions on what students would see wh ...more
Ashlynn Pope
Wave is about a girls adventure on the beach against the waves. It starts of by having the girl run back and forth against the waves on the beach like she was playing a game. Then after a little bit the wave crashes on her and she ends up getting all soaked. After she gets into the water her mom comes and they leave. Suzy Lee did an amazing job by having the little girl have little facial expressions on her face to show how much fun she was having in the water and on the beach. The art work in t ...more
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Suzy Lee is an artist and illustrator, born in Seoul, Korea. She received her BFA in painting from Seoul National University and her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, London. Her books and paintings have won numerous international awards and have been featured in exhibitions worldwide.
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