This book fills a real need and supplements the rather small selection of books on shells with a handbook that combines data for identification and factual information, growing out of the questions amateur collectors ask. Mr. Verrill, a life-long enthusiast, shares his knowledge of the hows and whats of sea shore life. How sea shells are formed; their names- scientific and beach names; where they are found and their own methods of camouflage and protection against enemies; the uses to which shells are put; the habits of shells; which shells are valuable and why; how to identify shells and to make a collection. The last six chapters take the main shells to be found in the six chief areas,- our eastern coast, the Antilles, the Pacific Coast, the Orient, the lands ""down under"", the Caribbean waters. This does not pretend to be an exhaustive encyclopedia of shells, but it provides an excellent general coverage, with a great deal more dramatic and colorful supplementary information than I have found elsewhere.