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Seashells by the Seashore
     

Seashells by the Seashore

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by Marianne Berkes
 

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Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells--periwinkle, kittens paw, scallop--and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the

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Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells--periwinkle, kittens paw, scallop--and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the water--learning that shells are actually the (usually) abandoned homes of sea animals.The paperback edition contains a tear-out shell identification card to enhance the hands-on lesson in simple wonders from nature.

Editorial Reviews

Margery Facklam
. . . In this lovely lilting rhyme, children walk the beach, counting, naming, and owning forever the . . . beautiful shells.
Michelle McKenzie
I love the gentle conservation message in this beautiful story!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this rhyming text, a young girl accumulates a dozen shells as a gift for Grandma's birthday. Watercolor seashore vistas feature blonde Sue as she enlists her brother and his friend in finding her treasures. A vertical bar on the left side of each spread gathers the labeled collection together for viewing as the day progresses. Berkes offers ample facts in her rhymes, and gives a short paragraph of information on each type of shell on a spread at the end. Though informative, the text occasionally trails into trite rhyming pairs such as, "How the seashells glisten/In the sun that shines from heaven./Here's a bumpy Oyster Shell/So that makes seven." Noreika's detailed, realistic shell studies gracefully contrast with the misty landscapes that capture a range of unique seaside hues. While the tear-out identification card for readers to use as they roam the shore may soon be lost, young beachcombers will still be able to appreciate this lesson.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584691815
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
24 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Seashells by the Seashore 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story about collecting shells for Grandma's birthday. Learning about various shells with more information at the end of the book. I love how she combines science and nature, and the watercolor paintings give an ocean feel. It is a lovely story about children thinking of their grandmother, who can no longer walk the beach collecting shells with them, so the children are bringing the beach to her now.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Two months ago, I took my four-year-old son to the beach.  He collected shells.  A lot of shells.  Some of the less disgusting ones made it home.  For two months, I dried them out in the garage.  And then, a few days ago, my son and I made a beach collage.  That collage recalled this book.  I first encountered Seashells by the Seashore about seven years ago.  I was working as an assistant children's librarian at the time.  In Florida.  Marianne Berkes was the guest for a special summer program.  Long tables had been set up along one side of the room.  When Marianne arrived, the tables were covered with all different types of shells.  This was the first book she presented that day.  I also think it was the first book she wrote.  As she read the book, she held up the corresponding shells.  The children (all 100 or so of them) were entranced.  This was in Florida.  These kids had grown up with seashells, seen them all their young lives, and yet after Seashells by the Seashore, the kids were looking at shells in a new light.  Good books can do that. The illustrations for this book were rendered in watercolor, so that have an open, loose, "beachy" feel.  The seashells, however, are more detailed and therefore more easily recognizable.  I live in South Carolina now.  About an hour from the ocean, so we don't go to the beach very often.  My son can recognize his shells in this book.  Good illustrations can do that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Book, very information. Wouldn't rely on this seller to send something on time.