ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH by Henry Cole

ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH

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Age Range: 4 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The mid-Atlantic coast with its myriad plants and animals comes to life in this marvelous search-and-find book. A walk to the beach on a summer morning leads the narrator through the woods, into a salt marsh, over the sand dunes, and onto the beach. In each spot, the narrator sits very still, and looks around to see “who’s watching me.” Native flora and fauna are the focus: Virginia creeper, loblolly pine, a nuthatch, a mosquito, sea oats, a red fox, an osprey, and a flock of pelicans. Every other page folds out, and features a list of plants and animals found in each of the four habitats. Cole’s (Rosie’s Roses, p. 382, etc.) marvelously detailed and accurate illustrations give readers a peek into the natural world. Children and adults alike will love the challenge of matching the names on the list with the correct illustrations. The concluding message encourages young readers to experience the excitement of seeing the animals in the area where they live by finding “a place to sit and watch and listen,” something that is sometimes difficult for squirmy, noisy children to do. Perfect for introducing youngsters to the world around them, and especially appropriate for anyone who visits or lives near the seashore. (answer key) (Picture book. 4-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-688-17515-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2003




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