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Surrounded by Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island

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Gr 1-3-- Gibbons's penchant for creating interesting, informative nonfiction books for young children appears to be fathomless. Here, she opens the world of island living to mainlanders, providing insight into the activities that occupy the islanders' way of life. The informative text and illustrations transcend the seasons and detail the changes that take place there. The uncluttered, cartoonlike illustrations are clearly labeled and show, for example, the various kinds of boats to be found, how a lobster is trapped, the different kinds of nets used in deep sea fishing, and the tiny village itself, nestled among the rocks and dunes. Life on the island is insular, but for those who live there, it is never dull. Bright and cheerful describe the watercolor pictures, and they are in total complement to the brief text on each page. Clean in appearance, the book offers insightful information in a manner as fresh as a sea breeze. It lends itself naturally to units on where and how others live. Children will want to be Surrounded by Sea as soon as they spy the colorful dust jacket. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420216
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Gail Gibbons, popular author of a plethora of books for young readers from 'Apples' to 'Wolves' is a favorite of both parents and children. He simultaneously educates and entertains as he involves readers in the lives of animals, seasons of the year, holidays, and our solar system. With 'Surrounded By Sea' we're transported to a New England fishing village as spring, a new season begins. Fishermen are busily scraping and cleaning the bottoms of their boats, and lobster men prepare to set their traps. Each lobster man or lobster woman paints his or her buoys a particular color for easy identification. The general store is open and ready for business, and islanders are planting flower and vegetable gardens while others hunt for mussels during low tide. Ferries arrive daily bringing summer people and supplies. This is the season when the island really comes alive with the Fourth of July lobsterbake and the Farmer's Market filled with produce, baked goods and handicrafts. Gibbons closes with vivid paintings of the island in winter when many have sought warmth on the mainland and only a hardy few remain. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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