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Kindergarten-Grade 3--In this rhyming text, a young girl accumulates a dozen shells as a gift for Grandma's birthday. Watercolor seashore vistas feature blonde Sue as she enlists her brother and his friend in finding her treasures. A vertical bar on the left side of each spread gathers the labeled collection together for viewing as the day progresses. Berkes offers ample facts in her rhymes, and gives a short paragraph of information on each type of shell on a spread at the end. Though informative, the text occasionally trails into trite rhyming pairs such as, "How the seashells glisten/In the sun that shines from heaven./Here's a bumpy Oyster Shell/So that makes seven." Noreika's detailed, realistic shell studies gracefully contrast with the misty landscapes that capture a range of unique seaside hues. While the tear-out identification card for readers to use as they roam the shore may soon be lost, young beachcombers will still be able to appreciate this lesson.
Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns; 1 edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584690348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584690344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning Children's author, Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life as a teacher, children's theater director and children's librarian. She is listed in "Something About the Author," "Who's Who in American Education" and "Who's Who in America" and has published eighteen informational picture books, with three more in progress.

Marianne lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, where the cacophony of sounds she hears from the pond in back of her home served as the inspiration for her first book, "Marsh Music" published in 2000. She is a favorite presenter at schools and literary conferences nationwide, reading her award-winning books and talking about her publishing adventures.

Before moving to Florida over twenty years ago, Marianne was an early childhood educator in New York, and also directed children's theater. Music, theater and writing have been a constant in her life and she puts all this to good use in her "interactive" picture books and apps. Visit her web site at www.MarianneBerkes.com


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Karspeck on May 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Berkes's has done it again and this time the subject of her book is one of my favorite nature items! A truly informative book; I can finally name all the sea shells I have thanks to the descriptions within the story and glossary at the end. The unique set up of this book identifies each shell as the main character finds them which can be used to promote counting in young children, and memory/matching games for older children. Berkes also includes questions at the end to foster further investigation in the reader. The pull-out, waterproof shell identification chart merits a field trip to the beach. Noreika's breath taking watercolor illustrations illuminate the shoreline from morning to dusk. The book's poignant ending instills the value that a gift from the heart is better than a monetary one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "jcsull9" on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Seashells by the Seashore had my five and seven year olds running to find shells they had already collected to discover their names. To their delight, the shells they had were featured in the book. What I particularly like about the book is its interactive nature, encouraging children to go beyond the pages and explore the seashore searching for the shells they had read and learned about. My children are planning to bring the book on an upcoming beach vacation, and the pull-out shell reference card, an added bonus.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Sue walks along the seashore/warmed by the sun./Picking up seashells one by one..." Author, Marianne Berkes, takes readers on a wondrous seaside adventure in her third picture book, Seashells By The Seashore. Come count the beautiful shells, learn their names, and watch your collection grow on the lefthand border of each two page spread as you walk along the beach..... Ms Berkes lilting, rhyming text is engaging and complemented by Robert Noreika's captivating watercolor illustrations. Together, word and art send you to the beach on a hot summer day, and you'll almost be able to feel the sand between your toes, hear the crash of the waves, and smell the salty sea air. Additional information about each shell and the mollusks that live inside can be found at the end of the book, and young nature detectives, ages 4-8, will revel in this joyous, fun-filled hike along the shore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald H. Paulus on April 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've been searching for this book for years in every seashore community I've been in. This book is just perfect for kids from 2 all the way to adulthood. We adults love to look for shells and identify them too. I bought several books to distribute on our annual get together at the beach. The illustrations are wonderful and actually go with the text. I like the counting and addition of one new shell each page. Great book for anyone who loves the seashore and the search for seashells. That's all of us, right?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Charmingly written by Marianne Berkes and featuring the artwork of Robert Noreika, Seashells By The Seashore is a beautifully illustrated color picturebook story, written in simple rhyming verse, about a young girl who combs the beach collecting various and fascinating different shells. The importance of conservation and living in harmony with nature is alluded to, in a wonderful, very highly recommended picturebook story that comes with a tear-out seashell identification card for budding collectors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on August 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Two months ago, I took my four-year-old son to the beach. He collected shells. A lot of shells. Some of the less disgusting ones made it home. For two months, I dried them out in the garage. And then, a few days ago, my son and I made a beach collage. That collage recalled this book.

I first encountered Seashells by the Seashore about seven years ago. I was working as an assistant children's librarian at the time. In Florida. Marianne Berkes was the guest for a special summer program. Long tables had been set up along one side of the room. When Marianne arrived, the tables were covered with all different types of shells. This was the first book she presented that day. I also think it was the first book she wrote. As she read the book, she held up the corresponding shells. The children (all 100 or so of them) were entranced. This was in Florida. These kids had grown up with seashells, seen them all their young lives, and yet after Seashells by the Seashore, the kids were looking at shells in a new light. Good books can do that.

The illustrations for this book were rendered in watercolor, so that have an open, loose, "beachy" feel. The seashells, however, are more detailed and therefore more easily recognizable. I live in South Carolina now. About an hour from the ocean, so we don't go to the beach very often. My son can recognize his shells in this book. Good illustrations can do that.
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Format: Hardcover
Marianne Berkes honored our bookfair with her appearance at out Bookfair Family Night where she shared her new book Seashells by the Seashore. If you are able to get her to come visit your school you will not be disappointed. She is well prepared, full of enthusiam, and very open with the students. She brings shells that are in the book and incorporates them into her presentation as she shares the book. Afterward she spoke to the kids individually and interacted with them as she signed her books. The rhyme and counting format of the story works very well with the wonderful illustrations. As she did in Marsh Music
Marianne gives the child more information at the end of the book about the different shells in the story. I like the way the Grandmother was depicted. The paperback book has a great laminated pull out shell identification chart. It would be a hard choice which to buy the hardcover or softcover; so I bought both and the students in our school will enjoy this story for years to come. It combines well with other stories about the sea to make a well rounded theme or with books by Joanne Ryder to show the love of nature by these two authors.
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