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“Summer Beat” by Betsy Franco – review by Julia Aybar

Summer Beat by Betsy Franco
This is the story of two friends, a boy and a girl and how they spend their summer days. It’s a fun summer day. It’s the Fourth of July and a boy and girl enjoy playing with the sprinkler (Shhh shhhh, shhh, shhh) and sitting in a hammock (Swish, swoosh, swish, swoosh). Water balloons are tossed through the air (Whoosh pumf, whoosh pumf). A bumblebee comes zipping by (bizzle- bzzz, bizzle-bizzle). It’s raining (pat a tat tat) and the cookout is ready (ssss sizzle). Find a plate. Grab a bun. Licking fingers (slup, slup). The fireworks star (Zeeeeeeeeeee bam bam), (Fooooooooooosh boom, foooooosh boom booom). And the children fall asleep.
This picture book celebrates the sounds of summer and in my opinion is very effective. You really feel the summertime beat! The story is simple and the sounds are silly and fun. The illustration is beautiful. Children will want to read and reproduce the sounds again and again.
Recommended Reading Level : 4-7

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