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When the Tide is Low [Signed Copy]

Sheila Cole

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ISBN 10: 0688040667 / ISBN 13: 9780688040666
Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1985
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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29 pages; illustrated boards; illustrated dust jacket (not price-clipped); signed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper ("Warmest wishes to Graeme! With love from V. Wright-Frierson") to which she has added a pond drawing and the date ("1993"); tiny chip to bottom right front of jacket; tiny closed tear to rear of jacket at bottom; contents clean and bright; binding tight and square; a fine condition copy in a near fine jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001157

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Title: When the Tide is Low [Signed Copy]

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Virginia Wright-Frierson

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

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Synopsis:

A mother answers her eager child's questions about what they will see "when the tide is low." "Handsome and useful."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Includes a glossary of sea animals.

About the Author:

In Her Own Words...

"As a child growing up in Toronto, Canada, and then Los Angeles, I was painfully aware that my family was different. My parents, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, looked foreign, spoke English poorly, and–having only a few years of night school behind them–were barely literate in English. As if that wasn’t enough to make me feel different, my mother worked at a time when few mothers did.

"In my drive to turn myself into "a regular American kid," I became a watcher and listener–eager to learn whatever I could about the ways of the natives. In the ethnic enclave where we lived, watching and listening could only take me so far. To find out about the world beyond the borders of my neighborhood, I read newspapers, American history books, books on American customs and holidays, etiquette books, books on American cooking, and stories about American children–lots of stories. Stories were, I discovered, the best way to find out about things. They had it all–what people did and why they did it. Best of all, they made order and sense out of the confusion of life.

"I can now pass as an American thanks to those books I took out of the public library, and thanks to the public schools and public universities I attended, but I still feel like an outsider a lot of the time, and I’m still fascinated by people–especially people who are different from me. I want to know their stories–what they do, why they do it, and how they feel about it. It is this curiosity that first led me to become a newspaper reporter and then to write for children.

"After I graduated from Indiana University, my husband and I studied in the former Soviet Union. It was while living there as a stranger in that very different culture that I began to understand how my parents must have felt as immigrants in this country. Since then, my husband’s work has taken us to live in Liberia, a village in the Yucatan, and London. With each of these moves has come a new experience of feeling "different" and the need to find out everything about the place so I can make sense of it.

"Over time, I have learned that children feel like outsiders for many reasons–they are new to the neighborhood, they are a different race, a different religion, their parents are poor, their clothes are wrong, they do things other kids don’t do. This feeling of being "different" is a theme in several of my books. Often my heros and heroines are different–a rooster living where roosters are against the law; a poor girl who makes her living finding fossils at a time when girls didn’t do such things; a pregnant teenager who decides to give up her baby.

"In addition to writing children’s books, I am the co-author, with my husband, of a college textbook on child development. When I’m not writing, I like to read, cook for company, hike, walk my two border collies along the beach, and talk with my friends and children on the telephone."

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