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Houses from the Sea by Alice E. Goudey, illustrated by Adrienne Adams/

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1959.



32 pages / 8.1 x 10.1 x .4 inches / 20.8 x26 x .9 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

No dust jacket.

A few small stains on the covers. Wear around the edges / at the corners.


As you walk along the edge of the sea you may find a shell lying on the sand or on a rocky shore. You stoop and pick i tup. How beautiful it is, this "house" of many colors! It seems a pity to part with such a pretty thing, and so, you put it in your pocket. Going farther down the beach you find another shell--and then, still another one; each prettier than the one before. Soon your pockets bulge with your seashell treasure. This is the beginning of your shell collection.

Collecting shells and finding out about the animals that use them for homes is one of the nicest hobbies in the world.

Shells belong to different family groups just as we do. In this book we have chosen shells from family groups whose members may be found on the eastern, the western and the gulf coasts of our country. For instance, scallop shells, whose family name is Pectinidae, may be found on the east and west coast beaches as well as the beaches of the gulf coasts.

You may not be as fortunate as the children in this book; you may not find them all in one day or all in one place. But at one time or another the tides and the storms will leave them on the beaches.

In this book we have used the common names for the shells. But when you start collecting them you should learn the scientific names, also. Shell books in your public library will tell you their scientific names and how to collect land shells, fresh water shells and seashells, and how to clean and store them.

Houses from the Sea by Alice E. Goudey, illustrated by Adrienne Adams


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