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What Lives in a Shell? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Paperback – April 22, 1994

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-The diversity of shelters in the animal world-bird nests, ant tunnels, and the cave of a bear-is contrasted with the nature and function of the self-contained housing of snails, turtles, and some crustaceans and mollusks. The softly toned watercolor illustrations amplify the text and show children in different settings observing various shelled creatures. The transient nature of the hermit crab is described, as is the scallop's shell-snapping mode of mobility. Zoehfeld places less emphasis on scientific names but includes broader coverage than Douglas Florian's Discovering Seashells (Scribners, 1986). She has written an easy-to-read, introductory science title.
Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“An attractive, general introduction to the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of shells, rather than to ‘which is which.’” (Booklist)

“Using interesting and accurate illustrations and just the right words, the book first introduces the idea of a home for an animal and then covers shells as the home of snails, turtles, crabs, clams, and oysters.” (Science Books and Films) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451246
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was great to read to my 5-year-old grandson who lives near the ocean. He has seen lots of shells, now he knows more about them and where they come from - written plain and simple for young kids to understand. He could even read a little of the book himself. Highly recommend this book - I even learned a couple things!
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As a preschool teacher i find this book very interesting to 4 year olds. children loves to see the picturesandlike to disscus the context.
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This is a wonderful book that takes shell collecting to a greater depth.
As you show a shell collection, use this book to illustrate to the children what used to live in a particular type of shell.
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My 6.5-year-old daughter has developed a keen interest in science and though these Stage 1 books are recommended for pre-school-K level kids, I thought they would make a nice introduction to science and that she would be able to read them independently. This title is an excellent way to get children to understand how shells can provide homes for all kinds of creatures such as snails, turtles, crabs, scallops, etc.

It was interesting for my daughter to discover that whelks and conchs are types of snails that are only found by the seaside. I pulled out my collection of seashells and we had fun comparing the different kinds of shells to those portrayed in the book. The book is not only filled with interesting facts but lots of beautiful full-color illustrations that make for an educational and engaging reading experience.
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I bought this for my soon to be 4-year old granddaughter. I have quite a few shells, and I thought, since she seems interested, it would be fun to have a book with the pictures of the shells and information about what lived in the shell.

As it turns out, it is not what I expected, but is a very elementary story book, with nice artwork, with reference to turtles, snails, and very few ocean shells. Probably for someone much younger, though I'm not sure one much younger would be that interested in what had lived in a shell. The cover shows pictures of shells and the ocean, but it is really lacking for what we wanted. I ordered a Smithsonian book to fill the need.
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My 5 year old daughter loves these books. They teach the subject without being too complicated. I would recommend this book and others in the series!
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Didn't want to miss the opportunity to learn just exactly what was under those hard, pretty shells we found at the beach with the grands. GREAT way to combine fun with information. Vacations can be an outgrowth of developing intellectual and scientific curiosities.
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This book was very facinating for my 4 year old. We took it on our beach vacation and she learned so much since she could see the things she was reading about. She has also wanted to read it since coming home. A wonderful book.
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