"One stormy autumn night when my nephew Roger was about twenty months old, I wrapped him in a blanket and carried him down to the beach in the rainy darkness. Out there, just at the edge of where we couldn't see, big waves were thundering in dimly seen white shapes that boom.... read more
We associate the words of Baroness Karen Blixen, writing as Isak Dinesen, with the dry, wide savannah of East Africa. Perhaps it shouldn't surprise us, though, that she too adored the ocean. Our preschoolers too seem to recognize intuitively that physical work, emotion and.... read more
We know many a water-obsessed preschooler (and parent) who has just this set of "musts" and "all I asks" -- don't you? Wherever the tides take your tall ship, here's wishing you fun with that laughing fellow-rover and, well, exactly what the last line says....... read more
e.e. cummings is a master of mood in his poems, and we are especially captivated by this one. It so delightfully captures the feeling of a day at the beach with your friends, both human and the ones carried in by the tide. And something about the punctuation and the almost br.... read more
The subject of water and children is so summery and joyous and full of possibility that we couldn't confine it to just one day among other days. The shore not any old escape -- it's what summer is all about (at least to the preschool crowd). We want to think and write about it.... read more
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