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The Seashore Book

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  234 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
"A young boy, who has never seen the sea, asks his mother to describe it. From there, Zolotow carefully chooses her words to create a poem full of the colors, sounds, and sights of a day at the beach. Minor's softly detailed renderings reinforce the gentle mood." 'SLJ. "[Zolotow's] words have a special lilt that lingers long after the book is closed." 'NYT. Notable 1992 Ch ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 7th 1994 by HarperCollins (first published 1992)
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Alex Baugh
How do you describe the seashore to a person has never been there? Make it a sensory experience, but using descriptive language instead of actual sensory experience. When a young boy asks his mother what the seashore is like, she begins with the break of day and the changing colors of sky and water as the sun come up. At the beach, there are treasures for him to explore - shells, seaside creatures, a gulls lost feather. The cold ocean “makes you skin feel like peppermint” and the noonday sun tir ...more
Luisa Knight
Vivid descriptions and delightful pictures bring the seashore to life. I almost felt like I was there ... almost.

Ages: 4 - 8
Donna Merritt
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooksk_12
Zolotow's beautiful prose reads like poetry. For any child who wants to see something he/she can't (seashore, mountain, forest, etc.), this book shows that you can go anywhere in your imagination. Minor's marvelous, soft illustrations will make you feel like you truly are spending a day by the sea.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book for sensory details and visualizing.
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale about an imaginary trip to the seashore. A boy and his mother who live in the mountains talk about a wonderful day at the ocean, with such vivid imagery and sensory detail that it's as if they were truly there. The illustrations are magnificent and the story is soothing, perfect for bedtime.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Would love to close my eyes and have this book read to me! Mom rates it 4 stars, Jake and Ellie 3 stars.
Janet Squires
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow with illustrations by Wendell Minor has been redesigned for its 25th Anniversary and the results are splendid in this celebration of a children’s classic.

This gentle story begins with a young boy’s question. “What is the seashore like?” In response, his mother suggests they pretend to leave their mountain home and make a visit. Beginning in the early morning, as the misty sky grades from gray to pale purple to hazy blue, we follow mother and son as they bui
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Zolotow, Charlotte. The Seashore Book, PICTURE BOOK. Charlesbridge, 2017. $16.99.

A mother explains a day at the seashore to her son who has never been there before. They explore the sand and waves together, look for birds and shellfish, eat lunch on a big rock, and walk home along the pier. The little boy feels like he has been to the beach and says he can now visit it with his mother in his mind any time he would like.

The descriptions of the beach and the illustrations do very well at descr
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Theme: Beach

This is too long for storytime.

"What is the seashore like?" a little boy asks his mother. So she brings it to life for him. The seashore is a place where the sea and the sky are the same smoky gray until...the morning sun breaks through. The hot noonday sun feels warm as a big soft cat covering you. And it seems there is nothing in the world except the sound of the wind and the rising and falling song of the waves." - back cover
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pictures are wonderful, the story, is okay, but didn't thrill me. The concept was cool, about imagining being on the beach, but it seemed a little far fetched! It gets the dreaded "fine" from me!
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Charlotte Zolotow (born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of many books for children.
She was published by more than 20 different houses (many of which she has outlasted). She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, which was called Harper & Brothers when she began to work there and is now known as HarperCollins.
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