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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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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: 9.8 x 7.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld worked as an editor of children's books for over ten years before beginning her career as a writer. She has written two other books for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series" What Lives in a Shell?, illustrated by Helen K. Davie, and How Mountains Are Made, illustrated by James Graham Hale. Ms Zoehfeld lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.



Helen K. Davie's lovely watercolors have appeared in many children's books, including What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfield, and Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder. She lives in Templeton, CA.

More About the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including WHAT LIVES IN A SHELL?, an NSTA/CBC "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children," and winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Best Children's Book" award; WHAT IS THE WORLD MADE OF?, A Children's Book of the Month Club Main Selection; WHAT'S ALIVE?, also named an AAAS "Best Children's Book"; DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "Best Book Award"; DINOSAUR PARENTS, DINOSAUR YOUNG, an ALA "Notable Book"; and SECRETS OF THE GARDEN, "a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Covering a dazzling array of topics, the author still manages to hold onto a story line that will draw readers in and allow them to experience both the good and the bad right along with narrator Alice. Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations." (Kirkus)

Kathleen was a children's book editor for more than ten years before becoming a full-time writer. When she's not reading, researching, writing, or editing, Kathleen loves to spend her free time exploring, doing fieldwork, and preparing fossils for her local natural history museums.

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We took this book and several others to the beach with our grandsons.
Ricker
We took it on our beach vacation and she learned so much since she could see the things she was reading about.
Mom of two
I bought this for my six year old for a trip to the beach this summer and she loved it!!
Kim Koogle

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Estupinan Tijerin on May 26, 2007
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Madi Betz on January 20, 2009
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cathy M. Robinson on July 7, 2007
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Leonard on January 12, 2009
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mom of two on October 17, 2007
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Stodart on November 4, 2007
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This book was very well written and was a big hit with a child who normally cannot sit still for a story. He loves this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. Welton on November 12, 2012
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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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