Billie and Bean at the Beach

  • Translated by: B.J. Woodstein
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Billie and Bean
  • Themes:adventure, resilience, trying new things, swimming, family
  • Available:02/14/2023
  • Lexile:510L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:J
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“Open, clear, inviting...A pitch-perfect portrayal of a summer day.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Celebrating the supportive relationship between a child and her dog, this story shows how we can all be brave and achieve things in our own time.

Billie prefers playing quietly, but the beach is a noisy place. Her energetic dog, Bean, is happy to explore the sand and water. When Billie does try going for a swim, she has a painful surprise and heads back to shore. But Bean digs up something that can help Billie get back in the water where she soon discovers a whole world of quiet solitude and spectacular color beneath the surface.

“A mix of playful and evocative elements...The emphasis on trying again after an unpleasant first experience is a useful one.”
– Booklist
“A pleasant story with a little hidden lesson about taking a second chance…Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
★“Open, clear, inviting...A pitch-perfect portrayal of a summer day.”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A very realistic and relatable tale of childhood bravery…Well-suited to be read aloud, and for a group or class discussion on resilience and bravery, this accessible tale of courage is recommended.”
– School Library Journal
“Enigmatic...Infused with purples and peaches, Hansson’s luminous pencil and watercolor art aptly uses perspective, light, shadow, and the protagonists’ positions to embrace the book’s quiet tone.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Soft, simple text and illustrations in muted beachy colors create a quiet tone for this...gentle story of courage sure to inspire other children to get their feet wet.”

– Hakai Magazine

“Told with warmth, and illustrated with light-infused beach scenes, the book invites discussion of familiar events for young readers.”

– Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Told with simplicity, this everyday story of a trip to the beach will capture the interest of young readers and listeners. The endearing friendship between Billie and Bean is quite appealing.”

– Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)