#293 – A Day at the Lake by Stephanie Wallingford & Dawn Rynders

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A Day at the Lake

Stephanie Wallingford & Dawn Rynders, authors

Erica Pelton Villnave, illustrator

Scarletta Kids

4 Stars

Press Release:  THUMP, BUMP, FLIP & ZIP!  Jump in with your senses and play with rhymes as you experience the waves, the boats, and the many animals.  Follow three children as they enjoy the simple pleasures and rare glimpses that nature offers us around the lake.

First Sentence:  Find the blue lake through the peek-a-boo trees.  Twinkly bay, it’s a lake day!

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A Day at the Lake is just that.  Three children, two boys and a girl, and their dog, enjoy a casual day at the lake exploring and having fun.  The lake is first seen through the “peek-a- boo trees.”  Many straight, long trunked trees stand between the car and the sparkling blue lake. Once they make their way to the dock, their adventurous day begins.


Jumping in the crystal-clear, blue water—one boy holding his nose—the kids swim like fish exploring the bottom of the lake.  The fish and other animals swim along with the kids.  What is a trip to a lake without a trip in a rowboat?  Not as much fun.  The kids row around the lake, looking for adventures as they paddle along.  They findit in a dragonfly, which seems none of them have laid eyes on before.  It is a friendly dragonfly, landing confidently on one child’s knee.

After a few more adventures, the kids row to shore.  They have collected round, smooth, flat rocks to skip along the lake’s surface.  One skip, two skips, can you do more?  The children’s dog finds a loon—or maybe the loon found the dog—either way the two animals happily sing together, but what song is anyone’s guess.  With the sun slowly setting, the children pack up their things for the ride home.  Their day at the lake completed.  Each child now has new memories to keep for a lifetime.


I liked A Day at the Lake.  The story uses rhyme, allowing your ear to hear the action.

Hear the soft waves

hit the boat like a drum.

Lappity rap, sloshily slap.

One of the best things about the day is the three children.  They are nameless allowing children to inject themselves into the story to enjoy the adventures.  Do you have a dog?  He can join the fun as not even the pooch has a name.  The press release states: “A Day at the Lake is told using all five senses . . . “  After going through each line again, I found taste and smell to be absent, but see, hear, and touch are abundantly available on nearly every page.

The illustrations are brightly colored, fill the page from edge-to-edge, and give off a happy glow.  Fun exudes on each spread.  I like the little details placed into the illustrations that are not necessary to the story.  The extra art shows Ms. Villnave’s enjoyment of her work.  For example, when under water the dog is eye-to-eye with a fish that is clearly smiling and enjoying the unusual encounter.  One more example is on the page where one of the children—it could be any of the three—holds a leaf with a water bug on it.  A fish is sneaking a curious peak.

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The spread of the children skipping stones has an error.  The best stone went skipping on the surface of the lake six times before falling into the water.  The illustration shows six ripples, with the stone entering the water in the middle of the sixth ripple.  To skip six times across the surface the stone would have fallen in after the last skip, making it the seventh ripple.  As illustrated, the stone skipped five times across the water, not six.  Will most children notice this?  I doubt it.  I do love that a fish is looking up at the falling stone with wide, curious eyes.

A Day at the Lake is a wonderful for young children.  They will enjoy the rhyming text that expresses the sounds each adventure brings.

Skippity skops, I did six hops.

Whispering wings, schreechily sings.

Thumpity thump, skippity bump.

Reading some of these words may feel like tongue twisters to some kids—and adults—but everyone will enjoy the sounds.  I suppose you could add your own word—as long as it still rhymed.  The three children explore nature, some of which will be new to the young readers.  I think adults will enjoy A Day at the Lake as much as their children will.  A good story time book will energize a child and A Day at the Lake does not disappoint.  The rhymes will cause fits of laughter, possibly of the belly kind.  Parents will not mind multiple readings of A Day at the Lake.  The simple text, the rhyming, the bright, cheerful illustrations, the ability to inject yourself into the story, and the learning opportunities make A Day at the Lake a wonderful addition to any child’s library.

Read guest post by Stephanie Wallingford & Dawn Rynders, authors of A Day at the Lake HERE!

A Day at the Lake

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Released March 20, 2013
ISBN:  978-1-938063-03-9  (ebook available:  978-1-938063-04-6)
32 Pages
Copyright © 2013 by Scarletta Kids, used with permission.
Text:  Copyright © 2013 by Stephanie Wallingford & Dawn Rynders.
Illustrations:  Copyright © 2013 by Erica Pelton Villnave.






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8 thoughts on “#293 – A Day at the Lake by Stephanie Wallingford & Dawn Rynders

  1. Pingback: Scarletta Press Blog » A Day at the Lake Blog Tour

    • The sun on your face and the breeze in your hair?? Where you there? There are so many extra little details in the illustrations. Was that you behind one of the trees? You are gonna catch it one day carousing with all these characters.



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