Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore

Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore

by Jim Arnosky


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"Young beachcombers will discover old and new ideas about collecting or just identifying their finds, and the book will appeal to those children who are looking for relaxing fun."
School Library Journal

"An enticing read before any trip beachward."
Kirkus Reviews

Young sunbathers can learn all about the wonders at the water's edge with Jim Arnosky's fascinating guide. With friendly notes and detailed illustrations of everything from ghost crabs to shark teeth, this award-winning author and wildlife expert outfits kids with the knowledge they need to become avid beachcombers. Take it along on a family vacation or school trip, or make the beach come alive at home with this personal tour of the shore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147511638
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 760,242
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”

Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for Beachcombing:

"Naturalist Jim Arnosky offers tips for Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore, with which young explorers can identify different shells, crabs, jellyfish and other seaside treasures, all warmly illustrated (some life-size) by the author. With an ever-present eye toward respecting and studying nature, Arnosky explains how palm trees form and the fossilization of shark teeth, among other topics related to the ebb and flow of life on the shore."—Publishers Weekly

"While this is a helpful resource for the very young student, it is also a wonderful book for parents and caregivers to share with youngsters before, or during, a visit to the seashore... The book has a playful tone, reflecting a love of the beach and the illustrations will encourage the beachcomber in readers of all ages."—Children's Literature

"Young beachcombers will discover old and new ideas about collecting or just identifying their finds, and the book will appeal to those children who are looking for relaxing fun."—School Library Journal

"An enticing read before any trip beachward, from a veteran naturalist."—Kirkus Reviews

Awards for Jim Arnosky's books:

Top Ten 1998 Animal Books for Children, Booklist: Little Lions
Best Children's Books of the Year, Children's Books Committee at Bank Street College: Little Lions
Society of School Librarians International Honor Book: Rabbits and Raindrops

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Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
patsila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book got us all pumped up for our trip to the beach. It is a very personal book with the author writing in the first person and sharing first-hand experiences and sketches. He's very encouraging and Joey couldn't WAIT to go beachcombing. He insisted that we take this book with us to the beach and then he wanted to compare his findings with those in the book
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author and his wife went to 26 different beaches to research for this book. The information given in the book is based off of their findings and personal experience, though it is all factual. I loved that the pages look like journal pages and the bright colors really tie in with the "beach theme". Arnosky discusses different types of seashells, crabs, shark teeth, and so forth. This book is really inviting and would be a good book for class libraries for children to read during free time but it is not a book worth reading during a read aloud, in my opinion. I sure do want to go kick back and relax at the beach now though after reading this book!