The Seaside Switch

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A follow-up to the popular The Sunset Switch, The Seaside Switch artfully investigates the high-tide and low-tide cycle of the ocean's shore. This innovative picture book concept focuses on how the tides affect different sea and sand creatures. As the tide rolls up the shore, each takes its moment in the spotlight. From gulls feasting at low tide, to mussels opening to eat at high tide, The Seaside Switch is a beautiful cycle of taking turns. Throughout it all, a curious little boy pokes, prods, investigates, and...

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Overview

A follow-up to the popular The Sunset Switch, The Seaside Switch artfully investigates the high-tide and low-tide cycle of the ocean's shore. This innovative picture book concept focuses on how the tides affect different sea and sand creatures. As the tide rolls up the shore, each takes its moment in the spotlight. From gulls feasting at low tide, to mussels opening to eat at high tide, The Seaside Switch is a beautiful cycle of taking turns. Throughout it all, a curious little boy pokes, prods, investigates, and sketches the wonders he sees. The book is also a celebration of senses, as sight, sound, scent, touch, and taste are all engaged in various passages of the text. The sun's and moon's roles in the changing of the tides is subtly touched upon in the text, without heavy scientific explanations. The simple refrain, pulled by the moon and sun introduces and reinforces this planetary connection to the young audience.

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
As adults, we may view the ocean with an appreciative, appraising or even scientific eye, but we may forget just how magical it is unless we see it through the eyes of a child. This enchanting book views the ocean during the "switch" or the changing of the tides. A curious little boy wades, pokes, studies, smells, and even tastes the water as he experiences the tide from high to low, from coming in to going out. Some creatures come out of hiding to feed, seaweed washes ashore, seabirds appear to dive and dip as they hunt for fish, mussels and clams open to "sip the seawater soup," and whole worlds are contained in tidepools. While there is a plethora of nonfiction, scientific books for children to learn facts about the ocean and its inhabitants, this book, with illustrations so charming that they should be savored and text so musical it should be read out loud, truly encourages children to experience the sea and its shore. It makes me want to go to the beach, dip my finger in the briny water and taste the "salty and sharp, pulled by the moon and the sun." Well recommended!
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PreS - Gr 2 - Large, eye-catching paintings frame a simple text describing shore life and habitats as the tide swirls in and out. Clams "sip seawater soup," seaweeds spread wide "to soak up watery sunshine," and snails "slither out" as the incoming tide floods the intertidal zone to scour food from the rocks. As the tide reverses direction, all of these creatures "close," "wilt," and "hide." Burnett's double-page fluid, gouache paintings provide the perfect setting for Kudlinski's rhythmic text in this simple exposition of tidal ebb and flow. Donald M. Silver's attractive One Small Square: Seashore(W. H. Freeman, 1993; o.p.) provides more detailed information, and Laurence Pringle's gentle Come to the Ocean's Edge(Boyds Mills, 2003) gives a different view of a similar seascape. An inviting look at a fascinating habitat.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559719643
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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