Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

What the Sea Saw

by Stephanie St. Pierre
illustrated by Beverly Doyle

Enjoy this lyrical visit to the seashore in words and pictures.

The complex habitats and rich diversity of seashore life are accurately and beautifully portrayed in this book for young naturalists. It provides a unique and intriguing introduction to the vital relationships between sea creatures, other animals and plants, and the ecosystems in which they live: the water, shoreline, and dunes.

St. Pierre’s gentle text flows in rhythmic parallel to the timeless cycles of the natural world, beautifully complemented by Doyle’s realistic illustrations. Adults and young readers alike will want to return again and again to this celebration of the seashore. The book also offers interested readers a more detailed glimpse into the coastal ecosystems and habitats featured in the text, as well as eco-tips that highlight ways to preserve the natural beauty of the coastline.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-359-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Page Count: 44
Size: 11″ x 10-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL P, Gr 3, Genre I
Themes: Animals, Beaches, Ecosystems, Oceans, Poetry
BISAC 1: JUV002170 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Marine Life
BISAC 2: JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General
BISAC 3: JUV057000 JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse


“Brings a habitat to life through magical words and artwork, and is worth visiting again and again.” ―School Library Journal

“This simple beginning introduces a profound concept-the interconnectedness of all life-at a level preschoolers can understand.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Sheer poetry…stunning images of coastal life” ―Book Links


Conservation Book of the Year Award ―Izaak Walton League of America, 2006

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2006

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2007

Meet the Author

Stephanie St. Pierre has been writing for children for over twenty years. She lives in New York.

Meet the Illustrator

Beverly Doyle graduated from Framingham State College with a major in fine arts and continued her studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She lives in Vermont. You can visit her website here.