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Looking Closely along the Shore

Looking Closely along the Shore

by Frank Serafini
     
 

Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ... a string of beads? Stars in the sky? Give up? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's an ochre sea star! See what looks like a bird's beak revealed as a gooseneck barnacle, blades of grass as a blue mussel, and many more surprises when you look closely along the shore. The Looking Closely series takes children on a

Overview

Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ... a string of beads? Stars in the sky? Give up? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's an ochre sea star! See what looks like a bird's beak revealed as a gooseneck barnacle, blades of grass as a blue mussel, and many more surprises when you look closely along the shore. The Looking Closely series takes children on a journey of discovery through four environments —- the forest, the shore, the desert and the garden. Frank Serafini's camera lens enlarges each world through the magic of close-up photography.

Young eyes will rediscover our planet as a place of beauty, mystery and delight. Readers are first challenged to guess the identity of each close-up photograph. The next page reveals the entire photograph of the plant, animal or natural object accompanied by a simple but detailed description of the habitat. By inspiring children to ask questions and use their imaginations, these books help build problem-solving skills. They also encourage curiosity about environments that, examined this closely, are full of unexpected wonders.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
... boys will be enthralled by a book that teaches children how to find animals that live in plain sight ... and you’ll be fascinated by it, too.
The Gazette
... presents a number of “mysteries” that can be nicely solved by a child alone ...
From the Publisher
Close-up photography accompanied by bold, brief rhyming text will draw the attention of even large groups of children.

... presents a number of “mysteries” that can be nicely solved by a child alone ...

... will pique the interest of children ...

Children are asked to stretch their imaginations ... Beautiful up-close photography reflecting a wide diversity within each habitat is the cornerstone of the formula.

... boys will be enthralled by a book that teaches children how to find animals that live in plain sight ... and you’ll be fascinated by it, too.

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Look Closer—what a wonderful invitation to a naturally curious young child! In this book, part of the "Looking Closely" series, non- or very young readers are invited for an up-close exploration of common items seen near or in the wet sand of the sea shore. Serafini's well-written text is an invitation: "Look very closely. What do you see? A flower? A fossil? What could it be?" When the reader turns the page, he/she finds the answer—in this case, a common sand dollar, beautifully photographed and accompanied with just enough information for any young, budding marine scientist. The photography is breathtaking, from close ups of the scarlet, scaly leg of a shore crab, to an orange starfish, gooseneck barnacle, cocoanut palm tree frond, sea anemone, conch shell, and so on, even the beauty of a round, smooth, coastal rock. In his introduction, the author paraphrases photographer Ansel Adams: you could discover a whole life's worth of images in a six-square-foot patch of earth. Splendid! If you are a parent, teacher, grandparent of a young child who likes looking and guessing, as well an adult who loves to hear those guesses, this book is for you. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
Kirkus Reviews
Children are asked to stretch their imaginations and their knowledge of the natural world in this title and its companion, from the Looking Closely series. Beautiful upclose photography reflecting a wide diversity within each habitat is the cornerstone of the formula. "Look very closely. What do you see? Fish scales? Sea snakes? What could it be?" On the facing page a circular frame isolates a portion of a picture. The turn of a page reveals the entire photo, as well as a few simply worded descriptive paragraphs about the animal, plant or object pictured. The Shore features a sand dollar (skeleton), barnacle, crab and other seashore objects. Looking Closely Through the Forest (9781554532124) includes a leaf, lily, toadstool and so forth. The format helps young children jump right in and participate, while Serafini's creative suggestions of what each picture might be are sure to lead to giggles from young audiences, as well as providing fuel to the fires of their own imaginations. Perfect for large group sharing, this is also useful for active families who explore these habitats with their children. Happy hunting. (Picture book/nonfiction. 47)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554531417
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Looking Closely Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
640,692
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Serafini is an educator and avid nature photographer whose work has taken him from Fiji to Mexico, from Canada to Australia. Previously a primary schoolteacher, Frank is now Associate Professor of Children's Literature and Literacy Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Frank Serafini is an educator and avid nature photographer whose work has taken him from Fiji to Mexico, from Canada to Australia. Previously a primary schoolteacher, Frank is now Associate Professor of Children's Literature and Literacy Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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