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Following the coast
Arnosky, Jim.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
On their travels up the East Coast, the author and his wife describe the wildlife they encounter in different salt marshes.
Reading Level:
AD 1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 0.5 77546.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.8 3 Quiz: 36265 Guided reading level: W.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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QL157.A84 A75 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What is a salt marsh? Do you know why low tide is the best time to see water birds there? Find out by following Jim Arnosky along the coast from Florida's Banana River to Bombay Hook on the Delaware shore. Protected from the sea, salt marshes are a wonderful place to watch all sorts of wildlife, from pelicans to bears. Jim Arnosky's large, color-saturated illustrations and sharp sketches bring out the beauty of the natural world. Birds, manatees, and even wild ponies await you in the pages of this gorgeously illustrated book. Jim Arnosky's vivid art and careful observations of wildlife make him the leading naturalist writing and illustrating for children today.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. In a picture-book essay for older children, renowned naturalist, author, and illustrator Arnosky explores Atlantic coast salt marshes from Florida's Banana River to Bombay Hook on the Delaware shore. As the author travels northward, he stops at several coastal areas, noting the flora, fauna, and landmarks that he sees. From enormous right whales to tiny periwinkle snails, nothing escapes his observant eye. Full-color artwork and smaller black-and-white sketches (many of them captioned) clarify the text and will help readers to comprehend the complexity of this ecosystem. The presentation is a little laid back for most report writers, but it makes a fine introduction for classes studying the topic or travel preview for a family planning a leisurely drive up the Atlantic Coast. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Examining the teeming animal life in Atlantic marshlands, Following the Coast by Jim Arnosky details the author's trek up the coastline "from Florida's Banana River to Bombay Hook on the Delaware shore." Joined by his wife, Arnosky narrates their observations and other information about manatees, spoonbills and nutria ("aquatic rodents"), among many other creatures. Full-bleed spreads of spoonbills at sunset or dolphins splashing as the tide rushes in make the marsh come alive. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-5-This travelogue describes observations made by Arnosky and his wife as they made their way from Florida up the East Coast in the spring. Its tone is casual and conversational, as the author muses about his experiences and what he's learned about these coastal environments. The book is more an appreciation of nature than an explanation of it, and it is as much about art as it is about science. The artist used pen and ink to draw whatever he saw, and then turned these images into realistic full-color illustrations that are saturated with natural light. This process works almost like an art lesson, as readers can see the progression from sketch to painting. Some of the illustrations are framed to look like photographs, while others resemble a view through binoculars. Often printed on the colored backgrounds of the pictures, the text is occasionally difficult to decipher, but the information is easy to absorb and complements the artwork well. This pleasant read makes a nice addition to the Arnosky oeuvre. A compass pointing north is a recurring illustration, but there are no maps to help children follow the journey.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.