Looking Closely Along the Shore AND Freebie!

Title: Looking Closely Along the Shore

Author & Photographer: Frank Serafini

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2008

Intended Audience: Everyone!

Topic: Non-Fiction, Seashore

Opening: Look very closely. What do you see? A flower? A fossil? What could it be?

Synopsis (from Amazon): "Look closely. Look very closely. Is it? a string of beads? stars in the sky? Give up? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's an ochre sea star! See what looks like a bird's beak revealed as a gooseneck barnacle, blades of grass as a blue mussel, and many more surprises when you look closely along the shore."

Why I Chose This Book: The book is like a puzzle and is full of surprises. The kids love guessing what the seashore creature, plant or object might be. Every other page begins in the same way (the repetition is perfect for my Grade 1 students) and the "big reveal" page is full of interesting facts. The photography is beautiful and really encourages the kids to have an extended look.

Links to Resources:

1. If you live near the ocean, then the first thing you need to do is go down to the beach with some magnifying glasses and your digital camera.

2. If you don't have a magnifying glass, then you can go here to find out how to make your own.

3. When you're at the beach, be sure to take lots of close-up photos of everything you see :)

4. Once home, print the photos of the pictures you took and use them to make your very own peek-a-boo book.  (Image from Scrappin' Doodles)

This is the cover of your book (above).

This page and the one below need to be copied on separate pieces of paper and inserted in the book so that they open out together (face to face).

In the lines above, the child prints two questions. E.g., "Whipped cream? A shark tooth?"

On this page (above), all you do is carefully cut out the hole. It will give the reader a small peek at the photograph on the next page. 

On the back of the "hole" page, the student prints "It's a ________!"  Underneath the hole they can print one or two facts about their picture (which will be glued on to the facing page).

I hope that all makes sense!! I'm sure it will, once you download it :)

If you're unable to take your own seashore pictures, then have your kids draw their own OR cut some out of magazines.

4. This book pairs PERFECTLY with ...

Life-Size Aquarium shows the actual size of the parts of different ocean creatures. It's VERY cool!

You can find more Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Hill's blog (click her image). Thanks for doing this, Susanna!

Happy Reading!


  1. I was looking down the list of books on PPBF and saw Looking CLosely Along the Shore. Said to myself - that must be Barb's book, she always has the coolest beach books, And, sure enough, you have another awesome beach book. Back to the library website I go!

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  2. I love to incorporate anything to do with the beach! Cute ideas!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

    1. Yeah, me too! Thanks for visiting, Haley.

  3. Barbara I can see kids loving these puzzles and discoveries. Great time to post with some many families heading to beaches around the world for their vacations. I love your activities, too!

    1. Thanks, Joanna.
      Still a bit chilly for us to hang out at the beach:)

  4. This book sounds wonderful! When I'm at the beach (the Atlantic) this summer, I'll remember it, and take some close-ups as well as the seascapes I'm looking forward to!

    Thank you for the great activities, as well. Perfect!

    1. You're welcome, Beth. An Atlantic vacation sounds heavenly:)

  5. That book looks like it is right up my alley! I love taking photographs of the beach up close. I am definitely going to look into this one - thanks!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

    1. One of my sons has a knack for taking great beach shots, too:)

  6. The book sounds wonderful and that is a fabulous activity. Thanks for the download.

    1. You're welcome:) We're going to make the books next week.

  7. Love this post! I came to check out your blog from your post on my page and I am your newest follower through my Google Reader.

    Teaching Through Turbulence

    1. That's awesome! Thanks for joining up. I'm following you, too, but through the regular ol' route :)

  8. You have the best beach/ocean books!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks :) I wish I could say I wrote them, too!

  9. Thanks for sharing!! Sounds like a great book! :)

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  11. We have lots of beach trips planned for the summer. We will certainly check out this book, along with your fantastic activities.


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