Seashells: More Than a Home
Seashells: More Than a Home
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Annotation: Sheds a surprising light on the important purpose served by seashells, the hard, protective outer layer created by sea animals such as mollusks.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #180834
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Brannen, Sarah S.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-580-89810-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-580-89810-2
Dewey: 594.147
LCCN: 2017056289
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
What is a seashell?"Every day, seashells wash up on beaches all over Earth, like treasures from a secret world beneath the waves." But how are they alike, and how are they different? How do shells work? What can they do? Accessible and detailed watercolors accompany general, simile-heavy statements elaborated with brief, factual paragraphs and charts of interesting informational tidbits. They explain some of the variations seen in attributes of seashells, including their buoyancy, how they open and close, and some of the different ways that they act as camouflage. The text doesn't provide explicit information about what a mollusk is until the final pages, and the general statements use the word "seashell" interchangeably to describe both the outer shell and the creature within, which sometimes results in inaccuracy. Seashells don't "send out warnings like the signal from a lighthouse," for example; it's the mollusks inside them that do. Still, curious youngsters will find food for thought and have much to ponder and observe as they examine the pages, and they'll have new things to look for the next time they return to the beach.An imperfect but pleasant introduction to the world of shells. (Informational picture book. 5-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 A well-researched addition to the ocean biome canon, Seashells is unique in that it pairs form with function. Both the text and illustrations present information that is easy to digest and understand. Introducing the concept that seashells come in various shapes and colors due to their different jobs, the author and illustrator then launch into examples such as the scallops that can flit like a butterfly. This is paired with an illustration of a butterfly, a diagram of a shell and how its movement mirrors a butterfly, the shell in its environment, and corresponding text. The language is not too informational or too poetic; it is just the right amount of colorful and interesting. An appendix of sorts and additional resources are included. VERDICT A delightful addition to an elementary library's nonfiction collection. Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In this handsome companion volume to the ALA Notable book Feathers: Not Just for Flying (2014), Stewart and Brannen provide insights into why seashells vary so greatly in shape, size, and color. Beyond providing protection for aquatic animals, shells sometimes offer forms of locomotion, disguise, warnings, tools, and waste removal. A double-page spread on the nautilus opens, "Seashells can rise and sink like a submarine," and explains that the animal creates vertical movement by pumping in or releasing water from its spiraled shell, which has chambers containing a lightweight gas. A marine-blue underwater scene features a close-up of a nautilus with a dark gray submarine visible in the distance, while a separate drawing of the nautilus shell points out its gas chambers and the movement of water. The large-print text that runs across the tops of the pages makes excellent use of similes, while short, clearly written paragraphs of pertinent information appear below the illustrations. From the book jacket to the typefaces to the layouts, the book's design is inviting. The beautiful watercolor paintings work seamlessly with the text to clarify concepts while keeping the book's audience in mind. Suggesting new ways to think about seashells, this volume is highly recommended for science collections.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 723
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 502939 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.2 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q76958
Lexile: 900L
Every day, seashells wash up on beaches all over Earth, like treasures from a secret world beneath the waves. Spiraled or spiky, round or ridged, shells come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and all the colors of the rainbow. That's because seashells have so many different jobs to do
            Seashells can rise and sink like a submarine . . .
            A nautilus floats because most of its shell is filled with a lightweight gas. To dive down it pumps water into its shell. When the nautilus wants to rise toward the surface, it lets water flow out of its shell.

Excerpted from Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart
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Prolific, award-winning nonfiction author Melissa Stewart reveals the surprising ways seashells provide more than shelter to the mollusks that inhabit them.

Young naturalists discover thirteen seashells in this elegant introduction to the remarkable versatility of shells. Dual-layered text highlights how shells provide more than a protective home in this expository nonfiction exploration. The informative secondary text underscores characteristics specific to each shell. Elegant watercolor illustrations create a scrapbook feel, depicting children from around the world observing and sketching seashells across shores.

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