Today I’m back with another pick perfect for classrooms. Also check-out my previous review about the wonderful non-fiction title Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle. See ya next week for more great titles for the classroom. Enjoy!
Title: It’s a Seashell Day
Author: Dianne Ochiltree
Illustrator: Elliot Kreloff
Publisher: Blue Apple Books, 2015
Book Type: Fiction
Themes: Seashells, Beach
When the sun peeks up over the bay,
Mommy tells me, “It’s seashell day!”
I rush down the path, over the dune.
Salty breeze blows. We’ll be there soon!
Synopsis (from Amazon’s website):
Sunny-as-a-summer-sky rhymes chronicle a mother and son sharing a day of sand digging, seashell collecting, and seashore exploring. Kids will learn about a variety of shells and count along with the boy as he totals up his collection, puts his shells away, and then drifts off into a well-earned bedtime. A spread of seashell facts caps off the story.
Why I Like It:
A charming book to use at the beginning of the school year when kids recap their summer holidays. A young boy and his mother go down to the beach to explore and collect shells. The story is told is simple rhyming couplets with dialogue mixed in. I particularly enjoyed the voice of the little boy as it rings true of his age. “Go away, wave, so I can dig!” Kids will learn about seashells and enjoy counting the variety of seashells as the boys collects them and then makes a display for them at home. The final spread also has some fast facts about mollusks – the soft-bodied animals that wear their skeletons on the outside as seashells.
The simple text is complemented by the bright-colored yet soft-featured cut paper collages.
One of my favorite spreads is near the end when they return home with a sunset casting shades of orange all around. To see more interior spreads click here.
A good book to use in a preschool classroom, followed up by some seashell sorting or crafts.