I could not let the summer get away without featuring this one!
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With a rhyming, smooth-flowing pattern in which the 2nd and 6th lines repeat, Fineman catches the very essence of summer boardwalk activity along the Eastern seaboard.
At the boardwalkFood, rides, arcades, and fireworks; in rain and fog and sun - she captures it all - right down to the oompah music of the carousel and the stands selling hermit crabs. Each 6-line verse appears on a two-page spread in which Spanish illustrator, Mónica Armiño, uses pencils and mixed media on textured paper to create a light-hearted, multicultural tableau of the best the boardwalk has to offer. The final image is that of a lone worker sweeping the sand from an empty boardwalk that stretches away into the distance toward a darkened Ferris wheel. To the East, the ocean is calm. The sky is darkening and a full moon is high in the sky.
day or night
Treats for every appetite
Popcorn - taffy - fudge, delight
At the boardwalk
day or night
Oh, would that summer would never end!
I love this one!
In checking, I find that, of course, Kelly Ramsdell Fineman is from New Jersey. I'd be willing to bet that she's been to my stretch of paradise. (I'd love to know how an artist from Madrid got it so right.)
We'd like to keep it a secret, but this is the real Jersey Shore.