ON GULL BEACH by Jane Yolen

ON GULL BEACH

From the "On Bird Hill and Beyond" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Interrupting his walk on a sandy beach, a child runs after gulls playing catch with a starfish, intercepts their victim, and places it gently back into the water.

In previous titles in this series, young people have encountered birds first On Bird Hill (2016) and then On Duck Pond (2017). Here, readers visit a New England beach where a shorts-and–T-shirt–clad child with dark hair and sand-colored skin has been collecting “sticks and stones, / …shells and bleached small ends of bones.” The story is told in deftly constructed rhyming couplets whose pace seems to quicken with the chase, becoming transformed at the end. Veteran nature illustrator Marstall sets the story in Cape Cod (according to the cover copy), with accurate birds and believable scenery gently portrayed in watercolor. No reader will have difficulty recognizing herring gulls in real life; he shows them from every angle. The backmatter provides further description of other beach inhabitants seen in the illustrations: sanderlings and willets; sea stars; horseshoe crabs; hermit, Jonah, and fiddler crabs. There are also a few suggestions for protecting beaches by reducing the use of plastic, saving energy, and not letting dogs run after birds who might be nesting there.

An excellent addition to the nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-943645-18-3
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Cornell Lab Publishing
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2018




MORE BY JANE YOLEN

ChildrenCROW NOT CROW by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen
ChildrenHOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO READ? by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen
ChildrenMAPPING THE BONES by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen

MORE BY BOB MARSTALL

ChildrenON BIRD HILL by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen
ChildrenCROWS! by Laurence Pringle
by Laurence Pringle

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenOUT OF THE OCEAN by Debra Frasier
by Debra Frasier
ChildrenCRAB MOON by Ruth Horowitz
by Ruth Horowitz
ChildrenBEACHCOMBING by Jim Arnosky
by Jim Arnosky