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Looking Closely along the Shore

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ... a string of beads? Stars in the sky? Give up? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's an ochre sea star! See what looks like a bird's beak revealed as a gooseneck barnacle, blades of grass as a blue mussel, and many more surprises when you look closely along the shore. The Looking Closely series takes children on a journey of ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Kids Can Press
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Cristal Martinez
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
In looking closely along the shore, the book talks about things people can come across when they are on the shore, it makes you predict by asking what we see and it gives us a hint by providing a zoomed in picture of what it is, then on the next page it tells us. It includes a sand dollar, a gooseneck barnacle, a lined shore crab, an ochre sea star, a coconut palm tree, a blue mussel, a queen conch shell, a sea anemone and a coastal rock. The book gives a brief description of what these cool thi ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frank Serafini creates a portal to the shore through his visually stunning photographs, inviting children (and adults) to explore every detail within them. The book introduces a habitat and then offers cropped images of a photograph containing something native to this area, such as a sand dollar at the shore. The cropped image is accompanied with questions and suggestions on what the item may be and then it is followed by the full picture and a description that gives readers facts about that ani ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Looking closely is a nonfiction picturebook that encourages children to get out of the house and adventure new places and essentially to "look closer". I really loved it, it has very beautiful images that really inspire adventure. The question and answer style of looking closely was perfect for this nonfiction book. I think this because it causes the reader suspense some of the time, and at other times it seems to be easier to predict. Looking closely along the shore is a very beautifully illust ...more
Remi Thorn
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looking Closely Along the Shore was written by Frank Serafini, he writes many books very similar but with different ecosystems. All of these books are informational books, which bring information about the world to kids and even adults. In this book the focus is the ocean, and what’s around and in it; this text includes information ranging from the common sand dollar to giant green sea anemones to costal rock. Serafini keeps these interesting by having a page with a close-up photograph of what i ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summarize: When you are looking closely, then what do you see? A fish scales? Sea snakes? The answer is in the back page, and it is a Lined Shore Crab! This book is about ocean. The author used the close- up photograph to let kids conjecture what it is.
Impression: I like this book because it is very interesting for me. When I look the first page I need to conjecture what it is. I only can see a part of the thing, and I need to observe the details to help me think about what it is. When I have my
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feras Nasser
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The takeaway of this book is its multiple useful facts about what we can find in our seas and on shores. This book contains basic and exciting information about Lined Shore Crabs and Ochre Sea Stars, among other. Furthermore, this book engages its reader to predict what will come on the next page by asking what the animal or plant on the next page might be. This is conducted by displaying a small part of the concerned animal or plant before the complete picture and the accompanied explanation ar ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers - grade school
Shelves: lib-lew
This was read at story time because of the water theme of the summer reading program this summer. I missed a lot of it because I was busy with Natalie, but what I did see looked pretty cool. It focuses on a closeup of something from the ocean, then pulls back. Great book for teaching about the shore or about perspective.
Maggi Rohde
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Getting kids to look, to really observe without judgment, is huge. This series helps by taking away the context. There's a lot of information inside, too, but it never feels overwhelming. These are some beautiful photos. Also a natural model for children's work. A must-have for all K-5 collections.
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Picture book, Preschool to 3rd Grade. Every other spread gives a peek at the following full-color photo of something found on the beach. Children can play a guessing game or just wait to read the short version, "It's a common Sand Dollar," or the long version-- a paragraph about the Sand Dollar.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book had many colorful pictures and easy to read facts about the many things we can see at the beach. This would be a great book to read duirng a science unit about the sea. Students can explore sea shells and sea creatures.
Jennifer Nydahl
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: information
Genre: Information
Copyright: 2008

A great information book where the reader has to look at clues to guess what the animal/plant is on the following page.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-elementary
Great for talking about patterns, shapes, colors, texture.
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: j-non-fiction
Good concept and information, but would benefit from sharper photographs.
Jun 11, 2009 added it
Shelves: picture-books
fun book looking for things on the shore -
Introduces things found on the seashore and invites young readers to guess the identity of each plant, animal, or object depicted, including gooseneck barnacles, coconut palms, and rocks.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I checked this out for my church's beach themed vacation bible school, all groups enjoyed it from preschool to 5/6.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nice lower level nonfiction.
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book would be great for a class visit. I am planning on using it for my summer reading promotions.
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Dr. Frank Serafini is an author, illustrator, photographer, educator, musician, and a Professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature at Arizona State University.
Frank has published six books with Heinemann, including: The Reading Workshop, Reading Aloud and Beyond, Lessons in Comprehension, and Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days and Classroom Reading Assessments which will be avai
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