Grains of Sand

by Sibylle Delacroix (Author)

Grains of Sand
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

On the last day of a family vacation, a little girl is as blue as the sea, and her shoes are filled with sand. What should she do with all of this sand? Together, she and her brother decide to plant the grains of sand, and imagine what will grow. A field of beach umbrellas, to wave hello to the sun? Or a forest of windmills, to fill the sails of a boat? Before drifting off to sleep, the girl has her dad promise they'll go back for new grains of sand next year.

Spare text will prompt readers to wonder and imagine their own possibilities, while illustrations in a palette of yellows and grays convey the sun-soaked joy and the lingering nostalgia of family vacations well remembered.

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Delacroix’s idyll allows young readers to discover new, exciting surprises in the pictures again and again upon second, third, and 33rd readings—as captivating as an ocean breeze and soothing as a hug.


Starred Review
The perspective sticks closely to the children’s lives, and an unnamed narrator gives young readers a window into the world. Vacation may be over, but it still resonates.

School Library Journal

PreS-K--Wanting a wonderful vacation to never end is a sentiment that many children can relate to. When the family in Delacroix's latest return home from their beach trip, the two young kids find a way to make the vacation last a bit longer. The little girl finds sand in her shoes and she, along with her toddler brother, decide to plant the grains of sand. The siblings imagine fanciful, beach-related objects growing in their garden. The mostly monochromatic illustrations effectively create a magical world full of yellow beach umbrellas, a forest of pinwheels, and a crop of ice cream. Ending with a sweet promise of a trip next year, both children fall asleep peacefully. VERDICT This is a delicate bedtime story in which young readers will find comfort. Perfect for seasonal sharing one-on-one or with a small group.--Susan Small, Salve Regina University Library, Newport, RI

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV068000 - Juvenile Fiction | Travel
Library of Congress categories
Brothers and sisters
Imagination in children

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