★“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.
★“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
“A mix of playful and evocative elements...The emphasis on trying again after an unpleasant first experience is a useful one.”
“A pleasant story with a little hidden lesson about taking a second chance…Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials