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What the Sea Saw Hardcover – March 31, 2006


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PreSchool-Grade 3–Even though there are nearly as many seaside books as the proverbial grains of sand, this offering is still a welcome addition. St. Pierre's words paint pictures of a beachside ecosystem, from the dunes to the water's edge to the ocean itself, as seen from different points of view: What the sea saw was sky above./What the sky saw was sea below./The sea saw/a gull shoot from the sky/leaving the wind empty...The gull saw/fish in the sea swimming in schools,/scales shimmering silver. The text is evocative, but Doyle's double-page paintings are the stars of this collaboration. Done in airbrush on illustration board, they stunningly capture the light on water and sand, the colors of sea and sky, and the peaceful calm of moonlight. From whale and fish, to gull and sandpiper, to fox and spider, the images of the animals are both realistic and enchanting. Like Robert McCloskey's Time of Wonder (1957) and One Morning in Maine (1952, both Viking), this book will transport readers to a favorite beach. The experience concludes with a three-page section that provides more information about this ecosystem. What the Sea Saw brings a habitat to life through magical words and artwork, and is worth visiting again and again.–Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME
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"...brings a habitat to life through magical words and artwork, and is worth visiting again and again." --School Library Journal
"This simple beginning introduces a profound concept-the interconnectedness of all life-at a level preschoolers can understand." --Kirkus Reviews
"...sheer poetry...stunning images of coastal life..." --Book Links

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd (J) (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561453595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561453597
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elena t. on April 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a stunning tribute to the sea and the life in and around it. My 4-year-old and I have enjoyed reading it many times over, and I know we will continue to do so. Stephanie St. Pierre uses accessible,lyrical language to convey the mystery, power, and beauty of the ocean world. The artwork by Beverly Doyle is richly detailed and colored. All in all, this is a lovingly created book. I also appreciated the informative section in the back, which enhances a child's understanding of the subject matter and encourages conservation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psychology Professor on May 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely picture book that will soothe, calm, and enchant young children. It has simple, poetic language that builds rhythmically page after page and evokes the sounds of the seashore, while the lush artwork captures the sights of the ocean and beach with beautiful detail and some fun visual surprises.
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