A stunning, lavishly illustrated, and information-packed introduction to the wonder of shells through the art of observation - the perfect book for young explorers, collectors, and nature lovers everywhere
Award-winning marine biologist Helen Scales introduces children to the wonders of shells (from seashells to land snails) through the art of observation. Using a friendly question-and-answer format, she explores, through a richly sensory experience, the incredible diversity of shells around the world and showcases the environments molluscs inhabit. From what a shell’s shape, colour, or texture can reveal about its inhabitant, to where shells are found (from the deepest seas to jungly treetops), with this book, readers can get up close with nature to observe its wonders.
'Young shell-hunters of 6+ will adore this jewel-bright, fascinating work of nonfiction by a marine biologist and a seaside-dwelling artist.' - The Guardian
'For the beach-bound family, What a Shell Can Tell may be as useful in bad traffic, as a diversion, as at the shore, as a primer … Each of these descriptions comes with an illustration that will make it easy for children to learn and remember different types of shells. They may even end up knowing what they’re finding when they’re combing the sand.' - The Wall Street Journal
'Introduces the wonder of seashells.' - Publishers Weekly
'Children and adults alike will be riveted by the sci-fi like, real-life animals that litter every beach.' - Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus
Dr Helen Scales is a marine biologist, writer, and documentary maker focusing on connections between people, science, and the living world. She is the author of the Guardian bestseller Spirals in Time, and writes for National Geographic Magazine, the Guardian, and New Scientist, among others. She teaches at Cambridge University and is science advisor for the marine conservation charity Sea Changers.
Sonia Pulido is an artist living in a seaside village close to Barcelona. Her illustrations have appeared in publications globally, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.