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The Seashore Book

Minor, Wendell (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1994. 32 pages
First published: 1992
ISBN: 9780064433648 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

A young boy who has never seen the sea asks his mother to describe it for him so he can picture it in his mind’s eye. Having lived all his life in the mountains, he longs to be transported to a place he has never been. Filled with poetic descriptions of the sand and sea, the mother’s gentle, soothing words bring the seashore to life in such a way that in the future, he will always be able to close his eyes and recall the pleasure of their imaginary journey together.

Lyrical image-based language depicts the setting in a way that excites all of the senses: a “swishswashing” seashore where “cold water makes your skin feel like peppermint” and where the claw prints of sandpipers look like “pencil lines in the sand.” The text is filled with lovely examples of simile and metaphor.

Gentle gouache and watercolour illustrations poetically render all the details of a day at the beach—sand, dunes, shells, birds, waves. A double-page spread of a lone person under a red striped parasol, evocative of solitude and inner peace, adds dimension to the story.

This calming book will gently transport readers to an imaginary beach.

  •  Examine the double-spread illustration of the beach in the middle of the book. What does it remind you of? Share experiences of visiting the beach or ocean.
  •  Close your eyes and listen to each page being read aloud. What do you see, hear, feel, smell and taste?
  •  

    Draw a picture of a favourite place. Describe it in terms of the five senses.

  •  Examine the double-spread illustration of the beach in the middle of the book. What does it remind you of? Share experiences of visiting the beach or ocean.
  •  

    As the story is read aloud, identify words related to the beach and add them to an anchor chart. Include illustrations.

  •  

    Reread the story and identify how the five senses are used in the text.

  •  

    Distribute sections of the text to small groups. Using vacation photos and a teacher-selected image website, create a panoramic photo version of the story, choosing pictures that are as close as possible to the author’s descriptions. Use this to retell the story.

  •  

    Choose a favourite vacation photo and write a description in the same style, incorporating the five senses.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Visual Arts