One of my son's first and favorite books (and CD-ROMs) about the ocean was Mercer Mayer's Just Grandma and Me, about a special day at the shore. Now that rascal-hero Little Critter has yet another outing in At the Beach with Dad (ages 3-6). The package is a great value containing a book, four small sand molds, a sand sifter, and a shovel. My son laughed loudly at the further misadventures of Little Critter, his sister, and father as they try to enjoy a day at the beach, only to end up in their backyard kiddy pool. Even though everything goes wrong (or perhaps because it does), youngsters will plunge into this book.

Reviewed by Alice Cary.

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