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Winston’s World: The Beach


Winston, a miniature long-haired dachshund, wants to impress his friends on his first day at the beach, but when you are a small dog in a big new place, sometimes it is an effort just keeping up.

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These timeless books for children and dog-lovers have been specially re-released to celebrate Winston’s 15th birthday. Winston’s World: The Beach and its sequel, Winston’s World: The Snow, are photographic storybooks by Debby Heard and writer Sue Allison. The photographs, shot on 35mm film, were taken in pristine New Zealand locations – the beaches and forests of Canterbury and foothills of the Southern Alps. The text is simple and poignant, designed for early readers without being childish. 

Our Reviews:

Debby Heard’s three dogs provided the inspiration for this tale – a picture book of beautiful sepia shots, taken candidly and framed on brown paper. Sue Allison’s words are understated, making this book, ostensibly for children, a tale that can be told across generations. 

–  Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post

What a beautifully produced book this is, transcending any age or cultural barriers. A simple story, conveyed through minimal text and stunning photographs; the simplicity bringing both elegance and scope. The dogcentric text has an unobtrusive haiku spareness. 

-Lynndy Bennett, manager of children’s bookshop, Gleebooks, Sydney

I stumbled upon a copy of ‘Winston’s World’ and I absolutely love it. It is so beautifully written and beautifully photographed that it just about brings a tear to my eye every time I read it! I want to send the book to just about everyone I know! 

– Ali Teo, author/illustrator

Welcome to the wet, wild, wicked, wonderful world of three dogs on a beach. I’ve known Maxes, Jacks and Winstons nearly all my life. They leap at you from these pages, smelling of sand, surf, seaweed and happy wet dog. This book is a delight. 

– Jon Gadsby 

Parents’ comments:

Winston’s World: The Beach is my 13-month-old daughter’s favourite book and I have to read it about 20 times a day!

I have two children, 7 years and 9 years, who adore Winston’s World. My son has nearly memorized it word for word.

This book touched my heart; I actually stood crying in the shop. This book is an absolute credit to all involved. 

Teachers’ comments:

My class simply adored these wonderful books!  I introduced them at our staff meeting and lots of people want to get copies.

– Early learning teacher

Winston is my new entrant class’s favourite book.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 400 × 30 × 300 cm


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