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Summer Beat

Illustrated by Charlotte Middleton

Clackity-clack, clackity-clack. A skateboard flies over sidewalk squares.

Whoosh pumf, whoosh pumf. Water balloons tossed through the air.

Bizzle-bzzz, bizzle-bzzz. A bumblebee comes zipping by.

Tzooooooooooo bang. Tzooooooooooo bang. Fireworks start for the Fourth of July!

The sounds of summer sizzle and pop in this bouncing, swinging tribute to the best beats of every child's favorite season.

Photograph by Rochael Soper

Betsy Franco is the author of numerous books for children, including Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! and Mathematickles!, both illustrated by Steven Salerno; and Birdsongs, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. They have three sons -- two actors and a sculptor. Visit Betsy's website at www.betsyfranco.com.

Photo Credit:

Charlotte Middleton studied at the Cambridge School of Art. She illustrated Monster Pet! by Angela McAllister. Charlotte lives with her partner and their cat in the Gloucestershire countryside in England.