Bay Shore Park: The Death and Life of an Amusement Park

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Children's Literature - Pat Simon
This beautifully illustrated history of Bay Shore Park allows readers to travel back in time; to listen to the carousel music, the dance band and the clatter of the roller coaster; to taste the crab cakes and the caramel popcorn; to feel the sand and warm breezes; and to smell the suntan lotion and the fresh cut grass that was the amusement park. When the gates closed behind visitors for the last time in 1947, the abandoned park became home to a variety of plants and animals and new sights, sounds, and smells. Vivid descriptions and outstanding illustrations provide readers an opportunity to follow nature as it makes a once vibrant center of activity glorious and alive again.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Bay Shore Park, an amusement park on the upper Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, was purchased and demolished by a steel company in 1947 after almost 50 years of operation. The gates were locked to humans, but Mother Nature continued frolicking and over the next decades the land was reclaimed by flora and fauna. Lush illustrations and text record the changes over time, until old Bay Shore and the adjacent marsh are bought as public land and the ``cleaning up'' of the natural intruders completes the cycle, allowing people to once again enter the area. The small print may hinder younger readers but as a read-aloud this book may make children aware of the indomitable forces of nature.-Eva Elisabeth Von Ancken, Trinity Pawling School, NY
Leone McDermott
Ecological succession is the subject of this intriguing natural history book. Bay Shore Park was founded in 1906 as an amusement park on upper Chesapeake Bay. For 41 years it entertained crowds before closing its gates in 1947. In brief chapters arranged chronologically, Crenson shows how different plants and animals reclaimed their share of the park. First, the seeds of milkweed, thistle, dandelion, and other weeds arrived to fill up cracks in the walkways. Butterflies and other insects followed to suck on the plants' juices and eat their leaves. White-footed mice came to gather the plant seeds, and foxes followed to hunt the mice. Little by little, the park became home to a variety of living things and burst forth with new dramas of life and death. Crenson carries the story to the present day, when Bay Shore Park is once again public land and new plans for it are being debated. The graceful, informative text is lavishly illustrated with detailed watercolors and black-and-white drawings. An excellent--and unique--addition to ecology collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716765806
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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