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Seashells – Treasures From The Northeast Coast Review by Renita Kuehner

J. Roach-Evans
Islandport Press
PO Box 10
Yarmouth, ME 04096

I love walking on the beach. The girls love walking on the beach and playing in the waves also. But their favorite thing is the large amount of shells that they discover on those walks. I love looking at their discoveries, but always fail to know what to tell them about the shells they have discovered. We recently had the opportunity to review the cutest kids book about seashells called, Seashells – Treasures From the Northeast Coast, written by J. Roach-Evans. Now we can identify our shells!

Seashells – Treasures From the Northeast Coast is a pocket-sized storybook that takes you and your children on a journey down the beach. The full-colored illustrations for each seashell look very realistic. Brief explanations are provided for each seashell and the science of mollusks explored throughout the pages. Students will learn the differences in gastropods and bivalves. The science level for this book has been written for an early learning level.

This cute little storybook can be slipped into your pocket on your adventures out with your family. Or be used as you explore the oceans during your table lessons. Since we are not going to the beach this year, we enjoyed reading Seashells – Treasures From the Northeast Coast along with our table lessons. On our last trip to the ocean, we of course collected seashells and saved them. So, the girls and I got them out and started reading the story. We were able to identify all of our shells in the collection (the shells were from the East Coast). We did not have all the shells in the book, but several. The girls were able to draw and label the shells in their nature journals, just in case we get to the beach next year.

Seashells – Treasures From the Northeast Coast is a sweet non-fiction book that is the perfect size for little hands. This storybook could easily be included in a Montessori style hands-on learning adventure with either actual shells or picture cards. Children could also work with their teacher to create the shells out of modeling clay to really reinforce their learning.

Seashells – Treasures From the Northeast Coast will make a great addition to your hands-on learning library. We have thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the beach using this wonderful story.

-Product review by Renita Kuehner, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July, 2018