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Exploring the Seashore

by Jim Arnosky & illustrated by Jim Arnosky

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-525-47104-9
Publisher: Dutton

“Walk the length of a beach one way. Then turn and walk back, looking down at the very same spots. The view from the opposite direction always reveals something that you missed before.” This genial introduction to beachcombing, the fruit of “research” along more than two dozen Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches, focuses on the small, common treasures to be found or seen, from sand dollars to mermaid’s purses, drifting coconuts to fossilized shark teeth. Wear a hat and sunblock, Arnosky advises, carry a bucket, don’t touch stranded jellyfish, and leave living creatures as you find them—all savvy tips for a safe, satisfying outing, even for younger children. For older ones, the author’s clear, simple illustrations will help to identify 12 kinds of crabs, 26 kinds of shells, seven birds, and a variety of miscellaneous wrack. An enticing read before any trip beachward, from a veteran naturalist. (author’s note, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)