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The Seashore Book Hardcover – June 19, 1992


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From Publishers Weekly

When a boy asks his mother, "What is the seashore like?" she lovingly describes what might happen if they spent a day together in the sand. Zolotow's images are tactile, vivid and musical: cold sea water makes the boy's "skin feel like peppermint"; he sees the sandpipers' "claw prints / like pencil lines in the sand"; and the "swishswashing sound" of the waves in the afternoon lulls him to sleep. Sometimes the text seems at variance with the art--as when Zolotow describes the boy running after an airplane's shadow and twirling himself around until he falls down in the sand, and Minor portrays him waving at the orange airplane--but this is a small caveat in an otherwise notable book. As in Sierra and Heartland, Minor's crisply detailed watercolors evoke place with imaginative accuracy and visual grace, and Zolotow's ( Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present ; William's Doll ) spare, poetic text provides a lyrical and nostalgic paean to the wonders of seaside life. The striking typeface and overall design contribute to an uncommonly handsome presentation. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- A young boy who lives in the mountains and has never seen the sea, asks his mother to describe it. From there, Zolotow carefully chooses her words to create a poem full of the colors, sounds, and sights of a day at the beach. The verbal description is firmly framed within oceans of white space on the left and matched by the equally well-crafted gouache and watercolor paintings on the right. Minor's softly detailed photoreal renderings use the perspective of a gull to capture the vastness of the sea and sky as well as that of sandpipers running along the shore to denote precision of movement. Zolotow's words are so descriptive that the paintings seem almost redundant. They do work together to reinforce the gentle mood of the quiet story so that readers, like the boy, can close their eyes and be there too. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (June 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060202130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060202132
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And the illustrations match the text perfectly.
waldorf_curric
It immediately became one of my children's favorite books as the prose is so evocative and the illustrations so lovely.
Lynn
I love it for the ocean unit preparing for the road trip to the beach this summer with our grandsons.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In The Seashore Book, Charlotte Zolotow creates an image of a day at the seashore so clearly that a reader could almost hear the seagulls and feel the ocean breeze caress the face. Zolotow chooses the perfect words to describe the sights and sounds of the seashore. When she describes the lighthouse "golden gleam on, golden gleam gone" the reader can easily imagine a summer evening on Cape Hatteras with a golden light shining out to sea. The illustrations are no less impressive. One can almost feel the sun warming the skin and the sand rubbing against your toes. I often give the book as a baby gift. It is one that you could share with a child over and over or enjoy yourself when you need a reminder of sun and sand on a dreary winter day.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Trimble(bugsmom2@aol.com) on October 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I used to go into the children's corner at a bookstore on Nantucket Island I would see THE SEASHORE BOOK and look at it over and over again. Now that I own it I still go to that same book corner and look for it. I think anyone who loves this book would like to read MALINDA MARTHA AND HER SKIPPING STONES (also available from amazon.com). For anyone who hasn't seen the ocean like the little boy in THE SEASHORE BOOK or for children who go to the seashore alot, it is enjoyable to look at the many illustrations of the activities at the seashore, and know about skipping stones. Children can't have too many books on such an inspiring subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked The Seashore Book because the mother and her son used their imagination almost always. The boy had never seen the ocean so he imagined the sea. His mother tells the boy about the sea. Charlotte Zolotow creates very good mind pictures. It almost feels like you're there.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By waldorf_curric VINE VOICE on November 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Charlotte Zolotow is such a talented writer! This has to be one of the best books about the ocean I have ever seen. It is a true out of body experience. I'm sitting a few hundred yards away from the Chespeake Bay and, reading this book, it was like I was lifted out of my chair and transported straight down to the beach. And the concept of being able to explain something so truly and completely that someone who has never experienced it in real life can still catch a glimmer of the feeling is an intriguing one. I can see this book being used in classrooms to introduce descriptive writing and urban children being asked to describe the sights and sounds of the city in such a way that a child from the country can imagine it. Teachers and homeschooling families could find a penpal for each child in a different part of the country to exchange these letters with. Even for an adult, this would be an amazing experience -- to find someone and try to share a little bit of your world with her, and to imagine hers in turn.

And the illustrations match the text perfectly. This book is a real gem.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on May 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my children shortly after we spent the summer in a beach house on Hatteras Island, NC. This book completely captures the essence of a day there . . . or on any seashore for that matter. It immediately became one of my children's favorite books as the prose is so evocative and the illustrations so lovely. Seven years later, it is still one of their all-time favorites. Mine, too! Over the years, I have given many copies of "The Seashore Book" as gifts and have received nothing but rave reviews from parents and children. I've just ordered another copy from Amazon to give as a new baby gift. You see, this book is truly timeless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Maco on January 16, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this book for many reasons, but the main reason is that the cadence of the story puts my son to sleep. We have been using this book as the third of three bedtime stories for about 1 1/2 years now and it still works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nonfiction on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The story of a mother creating a pretend day at the seashore for her son is absolutely beautiful. The text is poetic and transports the reader to the beach just as it does her son. The illustrations are truly beautiful. The only thing I dislike about this book is the font is more of an outline than actual solid letters which is a bit straining for my eyes, this is more of an annoyance than anything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lou on July 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
You know what makes this book so charming? Well, it's life in its purest form. What is more down-to-earth than an inquisitive child? Nothing! Absolutely Nothing! As see through a child's eyes - The Seashore Book delivers a journey back to innocence! How Wonderful!
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