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Island Eyes: The Adventures of a Shell

Lee, Laney

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ISBN 10: 0688060943 / ISBN 13: 9780688060947
Published by Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1987
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Title: Island Eyes: The Adventures of a Shell

Publisher: Lothrop Lee & Shepard

Publication Date: 1987

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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A shell tells of its life as host to a hermit crab, as the prize piece in an old lady's shell collection, and as, in a new form, it returns to the sea.

From School Library Journal:

Gr 3-5 This tale's unlikely narrator is a large conch shell that lives in island waters off the Gulf coast of Florida. When judged as an hommage to sea life, it is a narrative replete with scientific information offered in richly written prose. The mental images created are vivid, constant, and exciting, clearly a result of Lee's obvious love for his subject. As an adventure story, the book doesn't work as well. After the conch's ``animal'' is killed in an underwater struggle, the shell is left alone, his life at the mercy of the sea's changes. Eventually, Maggie, a hermit crab in need of a larger home, comes along and symbiotically the two unite, the conch offering shelter and Maggie providing locomotion and excitement. When Maggie grows too big for the shell, he is added to a valuable shell collection. He is subsequently stolen and smashed into thousands of pieces, becoming part of the sand. The story is contrived as a vehicle through which to celebrate the beauty of sea life. However, Lee's writing style is at times poetic with alliterative and onomatopoetic phrases filling out the prose, and it is this style which renders the book worth considering. Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, N.J.

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