Jessie and her dad have forgotten Grandma's birthday present so they use the walk up the beach to her house to collect some impromptu gifts (scallop and oyster shells, whelk egg cases. . .) and as an excuse for an impromptu nature lesson. Dad's explanations are adequate, but neither the drawings--which seem to be striving for a cinematic effect with grainy shadings and freeze-frame emphasis on Jessica's face--nor the managed occasion of Grandma's birthday generates any mood of special attentiveness. Stilted and remote.