Seashells: More Than a Home

Seashells: More Than a Home


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Award-winning nonfiction author Melissa Stewart reveals the surprising ways seashells provide more than shelter to the mollusks that inhabit them.

Young naturalists discover thirteen seashells in this elegant introduction to the remarkable versatility of shells. Dual-layered text highlights how shells provide more than a protective home in this expository nonfiction exploration. The informative secondary text underscores characteristics specific to each shell. Elegant watercolor illustrations create a scrapbook feel, depicting children from around the world observing and sketching seashells across shores.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580898102
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 221,566
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than one hundred fifty science books for children. She holds degrees in biology and science journalism. Recent books include Feathers: Not Just for Flying; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; and Can an Aardvark Bark?

Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Bear Needs Help, Madame Martine, and the illustrator of Feathers: Not Just for Flying; Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik; and At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui.

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Every day, seashells wash up on beaches all over Earth, like treasures from a secret world beneath the waves. Spiraled or spiky, round or ridged, shells come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and all the colors of the rainbow. That’s because seashells have so many different jobs to do
            Seashells can rise and sink like a submarine . . .
            A nautilus floats because most of its shell is filled with a lightweight gas. To dive down it pumps water into its shell. When the nautilus wants to rise toward the surface, it lets water flow out of its shell.

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