Until I Saw the Sea

Until I Saw the Sea

by Alison Shaw
     
 

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The cool ocean breeze. the taste of salt water, the feel of the sand between your toes--all these sensations are brought to life in this collection of 18 traditional and contemporary poems about the seashore. Illustrated with color photos by an award-winning photographer.  See more details below

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The cool ocean breeze. the taste of salt water, the feel of the sand between your toes--all these sensations are brought to life in this collection of 18 traditional and contemporary poems about the seashore. Illustrated with color photos by an award-winning photographer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Crisp, bright photographs evoke a New England seashore peopled with exuberant children alongside this cheery collection of beach poems. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
Anyone who says you can't judge a book by its cover hasn't seen this book's stunning cover photograph. The bright colors and clear lines of the photo of a little girl flying a kite form a perfect precursor to this collection of lively seashore poems. The poetry is beautifully selected, with language as clear and crisp as Shaw's accompanying photographs. Words and pictures come together to capture the magic of a trip to the beach, from the giddy evocation of scents in Joanna Cole's "Driving to the Beach" to the dynamic rhythms of Nola Buck's "Seashore Recipe," winding down finally into the sleepy repetition of the anonymous "Nantucket Lullaby." A beautiful celebration of the sights and sounds of the sea. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Nineteen poems selected and illustrated by a noted photographer of Martha's Vineyard fill this book with the sparkle and wrinkle of sand, fish, shells, and sea. Shaw's full-color photos interpret poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, John Masefield, and Christina Rossetti, as well as those by modern poets such as Karla Kuskin, David McCord, and Myra Cohn Livingston. Many of the selections are familiar and readily available elsewhere. Some of the verses are appealingly childlike, including D.A.W.'s ``How to Swim.'' It is delightful to rediscover Livingston's ``Seaweed,'' which is ``...gummy/on my tummy,/slippery/on my feet.'' However, the small photo accompanying it does not capture its essence. Lillian Moore's ``Mine'' is illustrated with a series of pictures showing a child's possessiveness of a sand pail. Susan Nichols Pulsifer's ``The Sounding Fog'' is enhanced by a photo of a ship that captures the quietude of a foggy time. The page compositions are designed to pull readers into the pictures as well as into the poems. Unfortunately, the eye of the camera reveals an adult looking at children more often than a child's view of the seashore.-Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Leone McDermott
The sights, sounds, and fun of the sea are celebrated here in poetry and lustrous photographs. Authors John Masefield, e. e. cummings, and Myra Cohn Livingston, among others, explore sand castles, fog, seaweed, shells, and the ineffable lure of the ocean. The 19 poems range in complexity from brief and evocative to longer and more thoughtful verses. Shaw's expansive photographs dominate the page with their size and glowing colors. The compositions are simple and striking, with extreme close-ups of sandy and sea-splashed children, nautical ropes, and the surface of the water. This book will be equally enjoyable for those new to the sea and those for whom it's an old friend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805027556
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.28(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Alison Shaw's photography has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Time, and Smithsonian. Ms. Shaw divides her time between Martha's Vineyard and Boston, Massachusetts.

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