Marianne Berkes Seashells by the Seashore

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Seashells by the Seashore

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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.

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Formerly an early childhood educator and children’s theater director in New York, Marianne Berkes now lives in Florida where she is a children’s librarian. "Miss Marianne," as the children at the Palm Beach County Library know her, enjoys telling stories about animals and nature. She also visits local schools where she presents special storytelling programs about the books she has written. Seashells by the Seashore is her third book. Living near the ocean, Marianne enjoys swimming, boating and walking the beach, where she often picks up beautiful shells to add to her collection.

The illustrator, Robert Noreika is a watercolorist with a passion for nature and art. He attended the Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut and has his studio in an Arts Center in Avon, Connecticut. He has always loved to comb the beaches and hike in the woods, and now he does so with his wife, Chris, and seven year-old daughter, Sarah. This is the fourth book he has illustrated.

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Ages 4-7. Through a lyrical counting rhyme, children accompany Sue as she walks the shore, collecting seashells for her grandmother. The rhythmic lines reinforce numbers 1 through 12, while describing individual shells and explaining what shells are and how they came to be on the sandy shore. The strongstroked watercolor art subtly educates, depicting not only the traditional sweep of wide, clean, swimmers' beach but also the rougher edges of the shore. It's along the shore that sea birds prowl alongside Sue, among the large, rough boulders and between the feathers, driftwood, and other ocean debris caught in tangles of dried seaweed and rocks. With each turn of the page, a new shell is discovered, identified, and displayed in the wide left margin. At rhyme's end, the text elaborates on the poem's basic facts, delivering details about each particular shell. A seashell identification chart completes an instructive shell hunt that children will enjoy even if they can't feel the sun on their backs or sand between their toes. Ellen Mandel
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