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At the Bach - Joy Cowley

At the Bach

By: Joy Cowley, Hilary Jean Tapper (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 1 November 2023

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Summer holidays by the sea have a rhythm all their own. With a few resonant images Cowley takes us straight to the end of a long hot day with beach treasures under the pillow and the salty smell of the sea. The cadence of the final words echoes the shushing waves in a gentle signal of time for readers to sleep-"good day, good sea, good sand, good night".

This simple poem by internationally renowned Joy Cowley transports the reader to a childhood summer with language that asks to be read over and over. Hilary Jean Tapper's warm watercolour and ink illustrations add an inclusive cast of extended family, friends and children of different ages.

This title is a special New Zealand edition using the original poem title At the Bach. The international edition is published as Good Night, Good Beach.

Industry Reviews

"One you will read so often, you'll know it off by heart and your kids will start joining in."

-- The Sapling, New Zealand

"A simple but powerful book that captures the joy of childhood and is a story families will treasure."

-- Books + Publishing, Australia

"This book is full of the warmth of friends and family, the basics of the beach and the joy of a simple holiday home."

-- National Library of New Zealand, Best Children's Books of 2023

"An ideal bedtime story, where every word counts."

-- Magpies magazine, New Zealand

"A charming combo that could be become a classic for yet another generation of Cowley fans."

-- The Listener, 50 Best Kids' Books of 2023

"Beautifully illustrated. A lovely gift for a preschool child."

-- Joan McKenzie, Whitcoulls Head of Books

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