On the Way to the Beach

On the Way to the Beach

by Henry Cole
     
 

Find a place to sit and watch and listen ... on the beach or in the woods or in a salt marsh. What can you see and hear?

Overview

Find a place to sit and watch and listen ... on the beach or in the woods or in a salt marsh. What can you see and hear?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Henry Cole encourages youngsters to take a closer look at their surroundings in his paper-over-board On the Way to the Beach. Gatefold flaps on spreads of marsh, dune and beach environments open to reveal animal life that seem to be hidden in the everyday natural world. As the unseen narrator sits "very still in the sassafras beneath a loblolly pine," for instance, she sees "a swallowtail butterfly,/ a summer tanager,/ a scarlet snake" and more. A final page labels each creature clearly. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Our narrator takes us on a walk on a summer morning. At each stop along the way, a foldout page opens to reveal all the creatures that can be seen there, while watching and wondering "who is watching me?" First in the wood, then in the salt marsh, amid the sand dunes, and finally on the beach, we are shown what is out there if we look and listen quietly and carefully. A key to what is where in each spread is on the final page. The test is set in large type; the spread that follows contains just an inventory in smaller type, useful for older children. Cole's naturalistic paintings create recognizable subjects but not crisp, scientific studies. Rather, he arranges them in settings with considerable esthetic appeal, integrating all aspects of each landscape, and introducing the diversity of nature with a sense of wonder in an attractive manner. 2003, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-An open door and a path leading through the trees invite readers to join a young narrator on a nature walk and to observe the plants and wildlife that thrive in several different habitats. Each locale-the woods, a salt marsh, dunes, and the beach-is gloriously depicted in a three-page foldout that is entered through a die-cut. The scenes are filled with foliage and animals native to the particular environment and each one has a list of things to look for; some may be familiar to youngsters ("tracks in mud" or "a mosquito") and some may not ("salt marsh fleabane" or "a diamondback terrapin"). Phrases such as "an osprey with dinner" or "a clapper rail at its nest" give hints about which creature is which. A helpful key at the end assists with the identification of any flora or fauna that are missed. The outstanding realistic acrylic illustrations depict the scenes in an almost three-dimensional perspective, allowing children to feel as though they are entering the pictures. Double-page bridge illustrations show the gradual changes as the focus moves from one habitat to the next. Offering a wonderful opportunity for one-on-one sharing, this beautiful, interactive book encourages discussion, develops observation skills, and provides a learning experience that will bring children closer to nature.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The mid-Atlantic coast with its myriad plants and animals comes to life in this marvelous search-and-find book. A walk to the beach on a summer morning leads the narrator through the woods, into a salt marsh, over the sand dunes, and onto the beach. In each spot, the narrator sits very still, and looks around to see "who's watching me." Native flora and fauna are the focus: Virginia creeper, loblolly pine, a nuthatch, a mosquito, sea oats, a red fox, an osprey, and a flock of pelicans. Every other page folds out, and features a list of plants and animals found in each of the four habitats. Cole's (Rosie's Roses, p. 382, etc.) marvelously detailed and accurate illustrations give readers a peek into the natural world. Children and adults alike will love the challenge of matching the names on the list with the correct illustrations. The concluding message encourages young readers to experience the excitement of seeing the animals in the area where they live by finding "a place to sit and watch and listen," something that is sometimes difficult for squirmy, noisy children to do. Perfect for introducing youngsters to the world around them, and especially appropriate for anyone who visits or lives near the seashore. (answer key) (Picture book. 4-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688175153
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
632,272
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

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