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|Author: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Robert Noreika
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95 | Hardback • $16.95
Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells—periwinkle, kitten’s paw, scallop—and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the water—learning that shells are actually the (usually) abandoned homes of sea animals. The paperback edition contains a tear-out shell identification card to enhance the hands-on lesson in nature’s simple wonders.
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- Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award (Finalist)
- North American Publishing Co. Gold Ink Award (Pewter)
— Booklist – Ellen Mandel (March 2002)
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. . . . 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.
Publisher’s Note: The tear-out shell identification card referred to in this review is only included in the paperback version of this title.
— School Library Journal (April 2002)