About Habitats: Seashores
by Cathryn Sill
Approximately 40% of U.S. residents live near the coast, yet there is a dearth of nonfiction titles for very young readers on the topic. Seashores fills this gap with beautiful, painted illustrations by wildlife artist, John Sill. The illustrations are reminiscent of Audubon's style. Cathryn Sill offers very simple observations,
Plants have to be tough to live in the salty spray, strong winds, and hot sunshine at seashores.Each sentence is in a large simple font on a white background. The accompanying illustration is on the facing page. In a nod to all types of seashores, there are depictions of muddy flats, rocky cliffs, palm-ringed beaches, and beaches from across the globe. Wildlife and bird life are accurately represented in each location.
There is only one sentence or thought per page, however, for older readers, a note at the bottom offers the title and plate number of the illustration. The author's Afterword lists each plate number with a small representation of the illustration and a paragraph that more fully describes the scene. For the quote above, the description reads,
Many seashore plants grow close to the ground for protection from the wind. Others have thick and waxy leaves that make it easier to store water. Some have leaves covered with tiny hairs that protect the plant from the heat. Pink Sand Verbenas have thick, water-storing leaves. They live in sandy soil along the western coast of North America.A Glossary and Bibliography complete the book. The suggested age range for About Habitats: Seashores is from 3-7. This is a lovely, educational book that will appeal to shore dwellers and mid-staters alike.
A Teacher's Guide for the About Habitats series is available here.
My copy of Seashores was provided by Peachtree Publishers. It will be on a shelf near you in August.