On Gull Beach (On Bird Hill and Beyond)

by Jane Yolen (Author) Bob Marstall (Illustrator)

On Gull Beach (On Bird Hill and Beyond)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Together again! On Gull Beach reunites bestselling children's author Jane Yolen and award-winning illustrator Bob Marstall for the third installment of the acclaimed On Bird Hill and Beyond series of children's books written for the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

In On Bird Hill, Yolen and Marstall took readers on a surreal journey with a boy and his dog as they encounter the natural world, ultimately witnessing the miracle of a chick emerging from an egg.

On Duck Pond continued their journey, this time at a serene pond filled with birds, frogs, and turtles who are suddenly disrupted by their intrusion, but soon settle back into a quiet equilibrium. On Gull Beach brings us to an idyllic shoreline in Cape Cod, where gulls hover, dive, and chase with pitched acrobatics in pursuit of a sea star. This enchanting sequel in a brand new habitat will delight readers young and old. Back matter describes creatures you might find on a New England beach.

As with all Cornell Lab Publishing Group books, 35% of net proceeds from the sale of this title goes directly to the Cornell Lab to support projects such as children's educational and community programs.

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Publishers Weekly

In Yolen and Marstall's third title in the On Bird Hill and Beyond series, a dark-haired child spots a red starfish in the sand at Gull Beach, just before a seagull snatches it. "I followed quickly on the strand,/ My feet left footprints in the sand./ The gull was faster, wing by wing,/ And in his mouth, his star plaything." In a striking spread, the boy gazes, astonished, into the pale blue sky after the gull drops the starfish. A midair tussle ensues as the sea star is passed between bird beaks. When the sea star drops again, the boy catches it and helps to "put her back into the water,/ Far out of their reach." It's an exciting, slightly discomforting moment, which gently explores a human's place within the chain of being. Backmatter presents common species to be found along New England shores. Ages 4-7. (May)

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Review quotes

"A beautiful picture book...unexpectedly moving...both the words and the illustrations are well crafted, but together they become something more: a beautiful picture book that is unexpectedly moving."
Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen is the author of over 400 books for children and adults. Her books, stories, and poems have won many awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three Golden Kite Awards, and the Jewish Book Award. She lives in Hat#31;field, MA. Visit janeyolen.com, @Jane.Yolen on Facebook, @JaneYolen on Twitter, and @JYolen on Instagram.

Maddison Stemple-Piatt#31; is Jane's first grandchild. Following in her Nana's footsteps, she trained in ballet from a young age. She has earned her bachelor's in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Dance, her master's in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and is currently a Juris Doctor candidate. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL.

Priscilla Burris is an author-illustrator and a member of the board of advisors for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Priscilla is represented by the CAT Agency, Inc. She lives in Southern California. Visit priscillaburris.com and @PriscillaDesign on Twitter and Instagram.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2018
On Bird Hill and Beyond

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