What Lives in a Shell

  • Filename: what-lives-in-a-shell.
  • ISBN: 9780062446992
  • Release Date: 2015-10-06
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

What makes a shell like a house? A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. In this book you'll learn all about these and other crustaceous creatures, for whom a shell is just the right sort of home.

Life in a Shell

  • Filename: life-in-a-shell.
  • ISBN: 9780674050341
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 178
  • Author: Donald C. Jackson
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Trundling along in essentially the same form for some 220 million years, turtles have seen dinosaurs come and go, mammals emerge, and humankind expand its dominion. Is it any wonder the persistent reptile bested the hare? In this engaging book physiologist Donald Jackson shares a lifetime of observation of this curious creature, allowing us a look under the shell of an animal at once so familiar and so strange. Here we discover how the turtle’s proverbial slowness helps it survive a long, cold winter under ice. How the shell not only serves as a protective home but also influences such essential functions as buoyancy control, breathing, and surviving remarkably long periods without oxygen, and how many other physiological features help define this unique animal. Jackson offers insight into what exactly it’s like to live inside a shell—to carry the heavy carapace on land and in water, to breathe without an expandable ribcage, to have sex with all that body armor intervening. Along the way we also learn something about the process of scientific discovery—how the answer to one question leads to new questions, how a chance observation can change the direction of study, and above all how new research always builds on the previous work of others. A clear and informative exposition of physiological concepts using the turtle as a model organism, the book is as interesting for what it tells us about scientific investigation as it is for its deep and detailed understanding of how the enduring turtle “works.”

Sharing a Shell

  • Filename: sharing-a-shell.
  • ISBN: 0330511270
  • Release Date: 2010-07-23
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Julia Donaldson
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

With glitter on every page, this book has real sparkle! The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks, and soon he finds he needs his new house mates in this rollicking story of sea, shells and friendship.3-5 years


  • Filename: turtles.
  • ISBN: 0531159477
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 47
  • Author: Sara Swan Miller
  • Publisher:

An introduction to turtles that includes descriptions of fifteen species and recommendations for finding, identifying, and observing them.

The Book of Shells

  • Filename: the-book-of-shells.
  • ISBN: 1408125277
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 656
  • Author: M. G. Harasewych
  • Publisher: A & C Black

'The Book of Shells' illustrates a collection of 600 of the world's most significant shells. Each entry is accompanied by a miniature line-drawing and beautiful life-size photograph enabling rapid identification, whilst magnified details reveal the diversity of pattern.

The Shell Collector

  • Filename: the-shell-collector.
  • ISBN: 9780743223621
  • Release Date: 2002-02-01
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Anthony Doerr
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The "perilously beautiful" (Boston Globe) first story collection by the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All The Light We Cannot See. The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr’s debut collection take readers from the African Coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties—metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts—conjuring nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of the characters in these stories contend with hardships; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the ravishing universe outside themselves.

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

  • Filename: the-pearl-that-broke-its-shell.
  • ISBN: 9780062244772
  • Release Date: 2014-05-06
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Nadia Hashimi
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

Spirals in Time

  • Filename: spirals-in-time.
  • ISBN: 9781472911377
  • Release Date: 2015-05-07
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Helen Scales
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the molluscs. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet. But watch out. Some molluscs can kill you if you eat them. Some will kill you if you stand too close. That hasn't stopped people using shells in many ways over thousands of years. They became the first jewelry and oldest currencies; they've been used as potent symbols of sex and death, prestige and war, not to mention a nutritious (and tasty) source of food. Spirals in Time is an exuberant aquatic romp, revealing amazing tales of these undersea marvels. Helen Scales leads us on a journey into their realm, as she goes in search of everything from snails that 'fly' underwater on tiny wings to octopuses accused of stealing shells and giant mussels with golden beards that were supposedly the source of Jason's golden fleece, and learns how shells have been exchanged for human lives, tapped for mind-bending drugs and inspired advances in medical technology. Weaving through these stories are the remarkable animals that build them, creatures with fascinating tales to tell, a myriad of spiralling shells following just a few simple rules of mathematics and evolution. Shells are also bellwethers of our impact on the natural world. Some species have been overfished, others poisoned by polluted seas; perhaps most worryingly of all, molluscs are expected to fall victim to ocean acidification, a side-effect of climate change that may soon cause shells to simply melt away. But rather than dwelling on what we risk losing, Spirals in Time urges you to ponder how seashells can reconnect us with nature, and heal the rift between ourselves and the living world.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell

  • Filename: there-was-an-old-lady-who-swallowed-a-shell.
  • ISBN: 9780545507547
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Lucille Colandro
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

A new beach version of the classic "There Was an Old Lady" song and favorite series! "There was an old lady who swallowed a shell. I don't know why she swallowed the shell. She didn't tell." You won't believe why this old lady swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave! But watch out when she burps, with hilarious results! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And, there's a surprise ending!

A House for Hermit Crab

  • Filename: a-house-for-hermit-crab.
  • ISBN: 9780887080562
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Number of pages: 27
  • Author: Eric Carle
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A hermit crab who has outgrown his old shell moves into a new one, which he decorates and enhances with the various sea creatures he meets in his travels.

The Shell Seekers

  • Filename: the-shell-seekers.
  • ISBN: 9781848941182
  • Release Date: 2009-09-17
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Author: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are. Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old-age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family, or be split apart.

A Sea without Fish

  • Filename: a-sea-without-fish.
  • ISBN: 9780253013491
  • Release Date: 2009-03-04
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Richard Arnold Davis
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press

The region around Cincinnati, Ohio, is known throughout the world for the abundant and beautiful fossils found in limestones and shales that were deposited as sediments on the sea floor during the Ordovician Period, about 450 million years ago—some 250 million years before the dinosaurs lived. In Ordovician time, the shallow sea that covered much of what is now the North American continent teemed with marine life. The Cincinnati area has yielded some of the world's most abundant and best-preserved fossils of invertebrate animals such as trilobites, bryozoans, brachiopods, molluscs, echinoderms, and graptolites. So famous are the Ordovician fossils and rocks of the Cincinnati region that geologists use the term "Cincinnatian" for strata of the same age all over North America. This book synthesizes more than 150 years of research on this fossil treasure-trove, describing and illustrating the fossils, the life habits of the animals represented, their communities, and living relatives, as well as the nature of the rock strata in which they are found and the environmental conditions of the ancient sea.

Summer at Shell Cottage

  • Filename: summer-at-shell-cottage.
  • ISBN: 9781447257813
  • Release Date: 2015-06-04
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Lucy Diamond
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Summer at Shell Cottage is another delightful summer read from Lucy Diamond, author of the bestselling The Beach Cafe. A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more? But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down. As a busy mum and GP, Freya's used to having her hands full, but a bad day at work has put her career in jeopardy and now she's really feeling the pressure. Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly . . .

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