Seashells: More Than a Home – Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen


       Seashells: More Than a Home – Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen, Charlesbridge, (9781580898102), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

 What did you like about the book? This exquisite book is an eye-opener for anyone interested in shells – or not interested in shells.  The beautiful watercolor illustrations accurately display a variety of shells: nautilus, turritella, lightening whelk, angelwing clam, scallop, chiton, heart cockle, abalone, thorny oyster, flat periwinkle, mussel, yellow-coated clusterwink and even more!  We learn the characteristics of each type of shell, how it lives and what it eats.  “Some kinds of scallops hop and zigzag across the ocean floor.  Others dodge and dark, or skim and glide through the water.”  A variety of children at the beach are seen exploring the shells.  Shells are compared to other creatures, “Seashells can flit and flutter like a butterfly…” (scallop). “curl up tight like an armadillo” (chiton). Front and back endpages show the habitats and ranges of each mollusk.  Also included are the types of seashells such as Bivalves, Cephalopods and Chitons, an author and illustrator’s note AND Selected Sources for more information.

Anything you did not like about the book.  A perfect one!

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is agreat addition for home collections, especially if you are headed to the beach with children- or just for you.

Who should buy this book? Great for home collections, especially if you are headed to the beach with children- or just for you.  Public and elementary school libraries and summer camp programs.

Where would you shelve it? 594

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes!

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 6/7/2019

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