SEASHELL TOWNS by Peter Sauer

SEASHELL TOWNS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Seashell towns"" are colonies of snails, mussels and barnacles at the seashore; a brief text and mostly gray, gritty illustrations tell a little about each over and over: what the shells look like, where they are found, how and when they open, that the babies emerge and find new places to grow. The approach is entirely ascientific: the three are lumped together without distinction although barnacles are crustaceans, the other two mollusks; no mention is made of terrestrial or fresh-water snails, leaving the impression that snails per se are marine animals. Furthermore, mussels are characterized as immobile, disregarding their muscular foot-steps. Simple observations twice and thrice stated, no perspective.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1968
Publisher: Coward-McCann