While Mum is off for a walk along the beach, Bluey discovers a beautiful shell. She runs to show Mum and has a series of encounters that will both excite and test her in unexpected ways. A gorgeous lift-the-flap board book for kids of all ages. Winner of the 2020 ABIA Children’s Picture book of the Year and the 2020 ABIA Book of the Year. Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and hugely popular ranges of books, toys, clothes, games, and more. It holds the coveted position of being the most-watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 260 million plays for Series One, and is the winner of an International Emmy for Most Outstanding Children’s Programme.
Bluey The Beach by Joe Brumm
Bluey, Bingo, Mum, and Dad are off to the beach. They set up the tent, roll around in the sand and then race to the water. Bluey and Bingo pretend the waves are trying to splash them. Here comes a big one.
Mum is off for a walk along the beach. “Why do you like walking by yourself?” asks Bluey. “I’m not sure,” says Mum. “I just do. See you soon, little mermaid.” What a strange answer, thinks Bluey.
Not long after, she finds a beautiful shell and asks to show Mum. “All right, off you go,” says Dad. “For real life?” says Bluey. “All by myself?” Dad nods, “Just don’t go in the water.”
Bingo waves her hands over Bluey’s mermaid tail. Legs. Mum is now a tiny orange speck. “Hmmm,” Bluey frowns. “Maybe I’ll just stay with you and Dad.” “But, little mermaid, you can follow Mum’s footsteps,” says Bingo. “Oh yeah!” Bluey grins. “Thanks!”
Bluey hops from one footprint to another. She runs and skips and does cartwheels in the sand until…she comes across a flock of seagulls. “Um, can you please move?” Bluey asks politely. “A mermaid needs to get through.”
It’s a good thing mermaids aren’t scared of seagulls.
“Ooh, you cheeky wave!” Bluey barks. “How will I find Mum now?” And just as Bluey begins to lose hope she spots a…pipi coming up for wee-wees! A crab scuttles past. Bluey copies its funny sideways walk. “Ha-ha! I’m the mermaid who got her crab legs.”
Bluey scampers away. She runs and runs…then skids to a stop. “A jellyfish! How will I get past?” She picks up a stick and pokes the blue blob. It wobbles hello. “Ha-ha! You can sting me, jellyfish! I’m the mermaid who got her legs, but only for a day!”
Bluey races ahead. “Look at this amazing shell!” she calls, but Mum’s still too far away to hear. Better keep going. Bluey runs and skips and does cartwheels in the sand until she comes across an old castle. Perhaps this is where all the other mermaids lived, she thinks and leaves her stick as a present.
Then she backs away and bumps right into…
a pelican. “Aargh!”Bluey begins to think she’s had enough of walking by herself… She looks back at Dad, but he’s just a tiny blue speck. “If I can go backwards, and I can’t go forwards what am I going to do?”
Bluey remembers the seagulls and crabs and the jellyfish. If she got past them, maybe she can get past a pelican too… She summons up every bit of courage. After all, a little mermaid has got to be brave.
“I am the mermaid who got her legs but only for a day!”
Then she tiptoes around the pelican.
The pelican beats his great big wings and flies away. “Thank you for moving, Mr. Pelican!” A familiar voice floats towards Bluey. She gasps and spins around, “Mum!” “Bluey!”
Bluey holds the shell to Mum’s ear. It has the whole beach inside it. Bluey and Mum head back together. “I love walking by myself,” says Bluey. “Oh, yeah, why’s that?” asks Mum. Bluey thinks. That’s a hard question. There are almost too many reasons to say. “I don’t know, I just do.”
Bluey The Beach Book Read Aloud YouTube Video
So what conversation will you have with your child after reading this book?
Some questions you might like to ask are:
What waves are doing with them?
waves are trying to splash them.
What did she find on the beach?
she finds a beautiful shell.
What done pelican?
The pelican beats his great big wings and flies away.
What other conversations or questions might you add? Please leave a comment below.
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