A Seaside Alphabet

A Seaside Alphabet

by Susan Tooke
     
 
Whether it’s a treasure hunt on Jewell Island, Maine, a sunny afternoon on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, or a dip in the ocean on Prince Edward Island, life by the sea is fun. This gloriously illustrated picture book is a celebration of all things coastal: humpback whales, teeming wildlife, and most of all, people who make their homes by the

Overview

Whether it’s a treasure hunt on Jewell Island, Maine, a sunny afternoon on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, or a dip in the ocean on Prince Edward Island, life by the sea is fun. This gloriously illustrated picture book is a celebration of all things coastal: humpback whales, teeming wildlife, and most of all, people who make their homes by the ocean. Seaside life is shown in twenty-six magnificent illustrations. The alliterative text and the detailed notes at the back make the book as informative as it is beautiful. For those lucky enough to have visited the coast, as well as those who only dream of the sea, this book is a feast for the eyes and for the spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
The northeastern shores of North America are the subject of this scenic alphabet book. Start with Angus and Anna who are fishing for trout and salmon out at the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Perhaps you will spot the aster, algae, and mountain ash, along with other items in the illustration that support the alliterative sentence. For example, "avid anglers, Angus and Anna, anchor on the arm." At Merritt's Harbour in Newfoundland, look for the ice, inlet, and iris and read the alliteration about the icebergs. The paintings capture the beauty of the various Canadian seasides and a few shores in the United States. At the back of the book for those who like to search for items in the pictures, there is a list of the items in the paintings relating to each of the alphabetic letter. Also, there is additional information pertaining to each picture. Seaside locations are found with the cataloging data at the back of the book. This alphabet book seems to have a little something for a wide range of ages not just those learning their ABCs. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
From the lemonade and lobster pots on the cover to the mussels and windsurfers inside, readers are transported to the world of daily life at the seashore. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by crowded Norman Rockwell-style paintings. Although each letter features an entire sentence of words beginning with that letter, there may be too many advanced words for young readers still learning their letters--"Avid anglers," "imposing icebergs idle in inlets," "puffins prosper in perilous places." There is a very thorough glossary as well as a list of items beginning with each letter that youngsters can search for in the appropriate picture. It would also have been helpful, however, to have a pronunciation guide for such names as "Musquodoboit" and "Kejimkujik." 2000, Tundra Books, Ages 5 to 8, $19.99. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
Alliteration abounds in this "Seaside Alphabet." The detailed illustrations with a list of locations, the informative forward, and the many facts explained help this slender ABC book appeal to a wide audience—the whole family! There is much to learn and enjoy. 2000, Tundra Books, $19.99. Ages 5 to 12. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-With paintings of northern Atlantic coastal scenes and the popular visual-puzzle concept, this alphabet book invites readers to ferret out objects, colors, and slogans that match each page's letter. The text provides alliterative phrases. For example, "Quiet craft queue in Passamaquoddy Bay," "Titanic treasures tossed in by the tides thrill tourists." The realistic paintings portray a variety of waterfronts full of human activity and wildlife. A key at the end gives clues to each letter's visual elements. Another alphabetical afternote provides background for each painting, and a final listing gives the exact location of each scene. A regional book that will have broader interest, this title is appropriate for a wide range of libraries, particularly those with a demand for more books depicting coastal habitats.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887769382
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
ABC Our Country Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Donna Grassby trained as a nurse in her native Nova Scotia. Although she now lives near Toronto, she returns to her beloved Atlantic Coast every year. A Seaside Alphabet is her first book.

New Jersey born Susan Tooke is a talented and versatile artist who creates painted murals, landscapes, and portraits, as well as digital imaging montages. Her works have been exhibited across North America and can be found in collections in California, Washington, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Alabama. This is her first picture book.

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