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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 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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Beginning with the alliterative title, Kudlinski's picture book uses poetic words to describe the seashore during a cycle of tides. From the very first spread, which depicts "low, low tide, when the beach is wide," the spare, rhythmic text, perfect for reading aloud, takes children on a vicarious tour: "Come and watch! Come and see! The seaside switch is beginning." On the following pages, the gouache illustrations show tidal changes on a beach through the eyes of a boy, who often sketches what he sees. On a few spreads, the boy's drawings offer close-up views of small sea creatures described in the text. The illustrations don't always reflect the action in the words, particularly in a description of barnacles, but the atmospheric details in the handsome paintings, which are bordered with patterns evoking the sun and ocean, will, like the words, spark curiosity. A paragraph-length explanation of tidal movement concludes. Gillian Engberg
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PreSchool-Grade 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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Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-1559719648