S: What's Interesting About Me
FC: Lexie and Sydney by the Sea | written and illustrated by Danielle A. Schoonover-Wils
1: for Elizabeth, Evelyn, and Emily; keepers of my heart forever. and to the real Lexie and Sydney "Lexie and Sydney By the Sea" Written and Illustrated by Danielle A. Schoonover-Wils c. 2008 Fresh Daisy Publications
2: Lexie and Sydney live with their Auntie in a little grey house with one window in front, and one window in back, right by the sea.
4: Very early in the day, just when the sun wakes up, Lexie and Sydney go to the shore.
5: With them they bring | a pail and a shovel | a kite | and an umbrella. | towels
6: The tide is low so Lexie and Sydney dig holes and put the clams they find into a bucket.
7: Lexie and Sydney look for creatures in the big puddles left by the tide | starfish | snail | little fish | crab
8: Lexie and Sydney walk on the wet shore and smell the salty air. | Lexie finds a long piece of seaweed and pretends she is a movie star.
9: Sydney writes her name in the sand with a driftwood stick.
11: The sun rises high in the sky. Auntie brings the girls a picnic lunch. Lexie and Sydney sit on their towels under the umbrella and eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches. They feed the crusts of their bread to the seagulls.
12: After lunch, Lexie and Sydney build a sandcastle. Lexie digs a moat and Sydney collects shells.
13: A very fancy sandcastle indeed!
14: Lexie and Sydney take turns flying the kite. They run along the beach letting out string until the kite looks like a dot in the sky. Lexie and Sydney play and play and play all day...
16: The tide gets high and water settles onto the beach. | Lexie and Sydney smile as the waves crash into the sandcastle, and they watch it melt into the sea...
17: That is their favorite part!
18: The sun starts to set and it is time to go home...
19: Lexie, Sydney, and Auntie eat dinner as nighttime comes and the moon glows in the dark sky.
20: Auntie takes Lexie and Sydney into the back yard and shows them how the stars make pictures like a big dot-to-dot puzzle. Auntie calls them constellations and she shows Lexie and Sydney the Big Dipper
22: Lexie and Sydney stretch and yawn, tired from their busy day. Auntie hugs them and kisses them and tucks them into bed.
23: The lights go off in the window in back and the window in front of the little grey house where Lexie, Sydney, and Auntie are all fast asleep.