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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduction to sea life. Familiarity with action verbs.
Play is fun. The beach is fun. Respect ocean life.
Positive Role Models
The dog is playful and active.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jorey Hurley's Fetch, similar to her acclaimed debut picture book, Nest, is spare and evocative with very little text -- only one word per two-page spread -- making it a good choice for very young children. The words are mostly simple action verbs: "splash," "swim," "dive," "run," "float," "play." But the art tells the story in much more detail, graphically conveying a sense of unleashed freedom.
Is It Any Good?
The heart of Fetch is in the art; though it's a simple story -- dog chases red ball -- it feels like high adventure. The dog crashes through waves and paddles next to leaping dolphins. In two of the spreads, Hurley cleverly turns the book sideways so the longer spreads can depict the mysterious depths of the ocean. Overall, she conveys the exuberance of play and freedom at the beach.
The spare text works well with the evocative art, though some of the verbs are more fun and vivid than others: "splash" vs. the more abstract "meet"; "shake" vs. the more pedestrian "run." But the text is not the main attraction. Parents and kids alike can take pleasure in the bounding dog, let loose to play on the beach.
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