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Come to the ocean's edge : a nature cycle book
Pringle, Laurence, 1935-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A poetic introduction to coastal life at the ocean and how creatures in and near the water behave.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 78087.
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QH541.5.C65 P75 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Author Notes

Laurence Pringle was raised on an isolated farm in western New York. He studied wildlife biology at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had begun to seek a doctorate in that field. But for several reasons, including trouble with some subjects, Pringle decided to switch to journalism.

In 1962, he was looking for a job as an editor and writer with an outdoor or science magazine. He found an opening with Nature and Science, a children's magazine published by The American Museum of Natural History. Pringle joined that magazine in early 1963 and during the seven years of that magazine's life, learned a lot about writing for young readers. His friend and editor at the magazine encouraged Pringle to write a book for children. His first manuscript was rejected by several publishers but was finally accepted and published in 1968.

When Nature and Science was disbanded in the spring of 1970, Pringle had two choices: look for another editing job or try to survive as a freelance writer. He chose to become a writer and is now the highly acclaimed author of over a hundred books. He writes mainly biographical and environmental stories for children and young adults.

Pringle is the recipient of two major awards for his body of writing; the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 1999. He has won national awards from the American Nature Study Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Many of his books, including Everybody Has a Bellybutton, have been cited by the National Science Teacher's Association/Children's Book Council as "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children." In 1998, the National Council of Teachers of English selected his book An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. In this nonfiction picture book, Pringle takes readers to the beach for a day, a night, and the dawn of another day. Though children are mentioned and can occasionally be seen walking, wading, and searching for treasures swept up on the shore, the main focus of both text and artwork is the ocean's edge--a beautiful, mysterious place and a habitat for creatures such as birds, fish, and crustaceans. Stretching like the shoreline across double-page spreads, Chesworth's appealing watercolor paintings vary from sun- and wind-swept beach scenes to dark, moody underwater environments. On the last page, smaller versions of the illustrations are paired with paragraphs of text offering a little more information about the weather, animals, and plants in the scenes. Parents and teachers looking for picture books about the seashore will find this a low-key, nature-centered choice for reading aloud. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A poetic text and beautifully composed watercolor paintings describe coastal creatures and their habitat. Beginning at dawn, when a "fog's wet breath hides the seashore" and gulls take flight, "their shadowy forms like ghosts in the mist," Pringle takes readers through a 24-hour period. As the day brightens, sanderlings investigate the beach, a mole crab rides a wave to shore and digs into the sand, and people arrive to relax and explore. Afternoon brings low tide, exposing tidal pools as well as shells and other objects scattered along the beach. At night, the wind rises and waves pound the shore. However, all is peaceful beneath the surf, where kelp sways with the currents and lobsters and bluefish search for food. Morning begins the cycle again. Filled with descriptive language, the text progresses smoothly through the day, providing just enough information to interest readers but never getting bogged down with too much detail. Additional facts about the animals mentioned and their environment are provided on the last page. The spreads alternate between dramatic seaside vistas and close-ups of different creatures. While providing a realistic view of this environment, the artwork also echoes the expressive tone of the narrative, depicting the seashore as "the edge of something vast, wild, and mysterious." A wonderful choice to share with children before a summer vacation or to use as an introduction to an ecology unit.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.