West Coast Wild - At Low Tide
Explore the wild shoreline of the majestic Pacific west coast and discover the spectacular array of colorful creatures living in rhythm with the tides.
At the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where land and sea meet, lies a narrow strip of beach called the intertidal zone. Endless tides move back and forth across the zone twice a day. A remarkable community of hardy shoreline creatures flourishes in this environment of ever-changing conditions.
In this third book in the West Coast Wild series, readers will meet brightly colored sea stars, a giant Pacific octopus, busy hermit crabs, delicate sand dollars, fish that camouflage and other intriguing marine animals that a child might see on a beach walk at low tide. Author Deborah Hodge relates fascinating facts about each of the fourteen creatures, while Karen Reczuch's vibrant watercolor illustrations bring the magnificent shoreline and its unique inhabitants to life.
Includes a note about the west coast intertidal zone and safety tips for beachcombers, as well as a further reading list.
Author Deborah Hodge has spent more than forty years on the west coast, frequently visiting the Pacific Rim region, and she knows it intimately. From A to Z she describes in vivid language the rainforest, ocean and beach, and a great variety of animals that a child might see walking along the shore - from tiny sea jellies to inquisitive sandpipers to leaping orcas. Illustrator Karen Reczuch brings her remarkable talent to the book, and has created image after image that is simply breathtaking. The text and art have been carefully checked for scientific accuracy.
Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and suggestions for exploring the region and further reading.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
DEBORAH HODGE is the author of more than thirty books for children. Her honors include twice winning the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's Information Book Award, winning the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and being shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature. Her work has also appeared on such lists as ALA's Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborahis a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives in Vancouver.
KAREN RECZUCH has illustrated many award-winning children's books. Loon by Susan Vande Griek won the TD Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award and the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's Information Book Award. Karen's other books include West Coast Wild, also the winner of the Information Book Award, and West Coast Wild Babies, both by Deborah Hodge. Karen lives in Lake Country, BC.