Saturday, May 15, 2010

Surfs Up!

It was 90 degrees yesterday. It's suppossed to reach that mark again today. I guess that means it's almost summer. All I can think about is getting to the beach. Once I have had my fill of sand in my clothes maybe I'll take a quick trip to the mountains. But I'll end up back at the beach. Maybe I'll try my hand at some surfing or waterskiing this summer. It's been a long time since I have attempted either. If something like surfing sounds interesting to your young children, have I got a book for you.

My Daddy Taught Me to Surf

By Joseph Tomarchio
Illustrated by Shane Lasby
For Ages 4 – 8
It's not the next Caldecott Winner, but "My Daddy Taught Me to Surf" is an enjoyable introduction to surfing, community and love of the ocean. This paperback book will get young children revved up to hit the waves. It's just too bad the illustrations aren't better. Rated 3.5 (how-to, conservation, elementary illustrations)

Do you live near the beach? Are you planning a beach vacation? Yes? This book may be just right for you. The story follows a young boy and his father as the father patiently explains the fundamentals of surfing to his son. He covers everything – the parts of the surfboard, terminology, understanding of waves, and respect for nature, and of course, instructions for actual surfing. The text is a little long, but still enjoyable. The only real area of this book that is subpar is the illustration work. They are somewhat elementary in approach and style.

Children interested in surfing will be raring to go after reading “My Daddy Taught Me to Surf.” Surfer moms and dads will remember their first wave with a smile. So if you are planning a surfin’ safari pick up a copy  of this book for the trip. Visit for availability near you.