In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails and Salty Tails

In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails and Salty Tails

by Anthony D. Fredericks, Jennifer DiRubbio
     
 

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Have you ever ventured to the edge of the sea and peered into a tidepool? A whole community of creatures lives there! This salty, splashy habitat is unique and colorful. Vivid close-up art and amusing text make this both fun and educational for children. "Field notes" in the back offer intriguing glimpses of these creatures, from snails to sponges, adding educational

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Have you ever ventured to the edge of the sea and peered into a tidepool? A whole community of creatures lives there! This salty, splashy habitat is unique and colorful. Vivid close-up art and amusing text make this both fun and educational for children. "Field notes" in the back offer intriguing glimpses of these creatures, from snails to sponges, adding educational value. After reading this book, children will peer into tidepools with new eyes.

Author Biography: Anthony D. Fredericks is a nature explorer from way back. He beachcombed and poked around in tide pools near his native Newport Beach, California, and during summers explored the Sierra Nevada mountains of eastern California. Later he explored the high deserts of Arizona while attending school there. Now Anthony explores the mountainside in Pennsylvania where he and his wife live. A former classroom teacher and reading specialist, he is Professor of Education at York College. As the author of more than 20 children's books he is a frequent visitor to schools around the country, wh

Illustrator Biography: Jennifer DiRubbio is both a passionate artist and an avid environmentalist. She has been active as an artist for several organizations that promote nature and a healthy planet. Jennifer graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1992. She keeps her home and studio in Merrick, New York, as "green" and environmentally sound as possible, where her husband and young child also work and play.

Editorial Reviews

April Pulley Sayre
. . .a joyful and fantastical journey. . . . packed with intriguing facts that will spark kids' imaginations and encourage further exploration.
Terrence E. Young
. . . Tony's rhyming text of humor and wit are broad-based and so amusing that this title will appeal to a wide range of readers.>
Walter C. Dudley
. . . vivid descriptions of life in a tidepool are both enticing to young readers as well as accurate. . . . I highly recommend it.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this eye-catching title, a little girl peers into a tidepool and observes the animals living there. The text begins with a wisecracking, unrhymed letter to the "Two-Armed Explorer" from a sea star. From there it moves to a rhymed description of a coastline; a spread with the single line, "This is the tidepool"; and then a rhymed tribute to the "curly-haired girl with wondering eyes" who "truly cared" for the creatures. Finally, the bulk of the book is a "House-That-Jack-Built"-style cumulative rhyme introducing barnacles, fish, anemones, a sponge, snails, crabs, limpets, and a sea star. Fitting the creatures' behavior into verse occasionally strains the rhythm and choice of verb tense, but the imagery is apt and engaging. A page of field notes gives brief information about each of the animals, and several bibliographies list other books about the shore, by the author, and by the publisher. Full-bleed, double-page illustrations are bright and detailed, bordering on the surreal in color and pattern. In all, the book is a heartfelt effort, but it is not truly successful as a coherent whole.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584690382
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Series:
Sharing Nature with Children Book Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
331,100
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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