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Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Young sunbathers can learn all about the wonders at the water's edge with Jim Arnosky's fascinating guide. With friendly notes and detailed illustrations of everything from ghost crabs to shark teeth, this award-winning author and wildlife expert outfits kids with the knowledge they need to become avid beachcombers. Take it along on a family vacation or school trip, or ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Mommy read me this book that we got from the library.
Natalie Brockmeier
I thought this book was great and I would completely have it in my classroom. This book is so informational but still told in an interesting way. Also, this book is approachable for young readers with bright colors and pretty illustrations. This is definitely a younger grades appropriate read which not every informational book is.
I would love to read this book aloud when talking about sea animals, or what families do on beaches. If families look for shells, then this book would be perfect! It's
Ciara Plackett
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book because I love the beach and beach combing. This gives information and pictures of things that you might find when on the beach. This book does have an emphasis on things that you mind find on the gulf/east coast however these things can be found anywhere. Jim Arnosky did his research for this book in the Florida Keys, so that's why it has this spin. The book is really fun and colorful. This book is written in a journal style.


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Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Fun and colorful book about beachcombing and the fascinating things you can find. Although it has an East/Gulf Coast slant (since those are the beaches the author visited while researching this book), most of the creatures are fairly ubiquitous. I noticed that he didn't mention the copious amounts of trash you can find washed up as well. We often bring two containers when we go beachcombing - one for trash and the other for treasures. Our girls really enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book ...more
Alicia Lawrence
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This informational book gives young readers all the information they'll need about animals and other things they will find at the beach. It also has great pictures to go along with the text. It will almost make the reader feel like they are at the beach!
Drew Paige
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great picture book about life on the beach. Discusses the types of animals, seashells, etc. The beach is so exploratory because of the tide coming in there is always something new to find. It makes me want to go to the beach so bad and relax and build sandcastles!
Jacqui Robbins
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to take to the beach with young children; it's a readable guide to what you might find. Plus, who doesn't dream of "research" that involves studying and painting beaches in Florida for months?
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just the book for anyone planning a summer vacation at the seashore! Jim Arnosky does an excellent job explaining the joys of beachcombing and explaining the different items that might be found.
Tara Choate
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked the "journal" pages, but was a little disappointed on the emphasis on East Coast. But obviously can't do whole world.
Ashley Whiteley
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I learned something new on every page. There are so many wonderful creatures at the beach. The pictures are colorful, bright, and happy. It makes you feel like you are actually at the beach!
Crysta Hall
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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Very good facts about sea creatures, but it was hard to follow text. I could easily use in classroom or home.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a good story. All the shells were on the sand and all the birds came to get the shells. Emilio
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Jim Arnosky was born in New York City, NY Sept 1, 1946. He was raised in Pennsylvania. Jim graduated from high school in Philadelphia and joined the US Naval Reserves. His active duty took him to Maryland and Bremerhaven, Germany.
In 1976 Jim and his wife Deanna moved to Vermont with their two daughters where they have lived in an old farmhouse for the past 28 years. 17 of those years were spent