Today I’m taking part in the Just write for Kids Books on Tour and I’m happy to introduce Elizabeth Cummings and her latest picture book from her Verityville series, Brave and Strong All Day Long, as a part of her Books On Tour promotion.
Summer is coming and it’s time to hit the beach don’t you think?
Many people love going to the beach to relax and it’s even better when the weather is warm enough to swim.
Thankfully, in Australia, many of our beaches are patrolled by lifegaurds who are there to watch over us as we swim underneath the waves, ride the waves or try to run away from them!
Brave and strong all day long by Elizabeth Cummings is a short and simple picture book with a big message – the importance of lifeguards.
Lifeguards need to be confident, strong and brave all day long, they need to be able to help those in need, teach people how to swim safely in the surf and most importantly ensure that everyone returns back to their towels at the end of their swim!
This book, brought to life with Johanna Roberts’ vibrant and informative illustrations, tells us the story about Fiona, a young girl who became a lifeguard. She loves surfing and has enough confidence to be able to help those in need. Not only can Fiona help swimmers caught in rips she can also help fishermen and surfers!
Young children will enjoy reading this story and learning about what lifeguards do. The images reflect what a lifeguards uniform looks like so readers will know who to look out for if they need help at the beach. There is also a great drawing of a rip – a great way to start a conversation about this ever present danger in the water and perhaps the chance for further research so your children know what one of these looks like.
Brave and strong, all day long has been self published along with many other wonderful creations by Elizabeth and Johanna. Raising awareness of the important role lifeguards play in society is something we all need to do so we do not take these wonderful volunteers for granted.
Check out her website and consider some of her other great titles as well! https://elizabethmarycummings.com/book-store/
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So what else can you do after you have read this book?
- ENGAGE: Visit the beach and watch what the lifeguards do – perhaps even talk to one and see what they have been up to!
- INVESTIGATE: Why the flags are placed up and how they help us.
- INVESTIGATE: Learn more about rips here: https://beachsafe.org.au/surf-safety/ripcurrents
- ASK: Why do lifeguards wear long sleeve tops and hats. Investigate sun safety and why we need to cover up.
- THINK: What sort of sun cream do you use? Why are there so many types out there and are they all the same?
- RESEARCH: Where and when did surfing originate? Why do lifeguards use boards to rescue people?
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