By the Sea

Summer Reading List

June 13, 1999|By Randi Kest

About this page: Appearing monthly during the summer (also on July 11 and Aug. 8), this page will provide youngsters and their parents with age-appropriate readings suggested by local experts and regional libraries. Also included are activities and fun facts for entertainment and learning.

Suggested titles

Infants and preschoolers

1. "Beach Ball" by Peter Sis

2. "Boo and Baa at Sea" by Olof and Lena Landstrom

3. "The Great White Man-Eating Shark" by Margaret Mahy (will be excerpted in the June 27 Home & Family section)

4. "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister

5. "Sea Shapes" by Suse MacDonald

6. "Spot Goes to the Beach" by Eric Hill

7. "Stella Star of the Sea" by Marie-Louise Gay

8. "Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter" by Nancy White Carlstrom

9. "The Whales" by Cynthia Rylant

10. "What Can You Find?: On the Beach" by Deni Bown

Ages 4 to 8

1. "Chadwick the Crab" by Priscilla Cummings

2. "The Girl, the Fish & the Crown: A Spanish Folktale" by Marilee Heyer

3. "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle

4. "Moonsnail Song" by Sheryl McFarlane (will be excerpted in the June 16 Today section)

5. "Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave" by Quentin Blake (excerpted on Page 6 of today's Home & Family section)

6. "Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag" by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

7. "Riptide" by Frances Ward Weller

8. "Sam: The Tale of a Chesapeake Bay Rockfish" by Kristina Henry (will be excerpted in the June 20 Home & Family section)

9. "Seaside Poems" by Jill Bennett

10. "Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures" by Bonnie Worth

Ages 9 to 12

1. "Abel's Island" by William Steig

2. "Hattie and the Wild Waves" by Barbara Cooney

3. "Mermaid Tales from Around the World" by Mary Pope Osborne

4. "Mysteries and Marvels of Ocean Life" by Rick Morris

5. "The Mystery of the Hidden Beach" by Gertrude Chandler Warner

6. "Scary Sea Stories" by Jonathan Schmidt

7. "Seabird" by Holling Clancy Holling

8. "Sea Snakes" by Sneed B. Collard III

9. "Stories From the Sea" by James Riordan

10. "Where Did All the Water Go?" by Carolyn Stearns (will be excerpted in the June 23 Today section)

Quiz time

Infants and preschoolers

In "Beach Ball," why did Mary first lose her ball?

In "Boo and Baa at Sea," what finally gets the two sheep afloat?

In "The Great White Man-Eating Shark," why does Nevin make the dorsal fin of a shark?

In "The Rainbow Fish," how does the octopus suggest the Rainbow Fish find happiness?

In "Sea Shapes," what sea creature is the shape of a spiral?

In "Spot Goes to the Beach," what does Spot make while Sam naps?

In "Stella Star of the Sea," why is Sam so curious about what he sees at the beach?

In "Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter," why does Joshie Otter visit his Arctic Friends?

In "The Whales," where do the whales make wishes?

In "What Can You Find?: On the Beach," what can you find to play with at the beach?

Ages 4 to 8

In "Chadwick the Crab," where did Chadwick want to live?

In "The Girl, the Fish & the Crown," what does the fish search for in order to be turned back into a girl?

In "A House for Hermit Crab," why did Hermit need to move?

In "Moonsnail Song," what are some of the things April daydreams about at her desk?

In "Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave," what distracts Mrs. Armitage from the big wave?

In "Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag," where was Oliver's beach bag found and how did he lose it?

In "Riptide," what is Riptide Windjammer named after?

In "Sam: The Tale of a Chesapeake Bay Rockfish," what kind of trouble did Sam get himself into?

In "Seaside Poems," what's spined with sparks, limbed with flames, climbing the dark to cling and shine until the slow tide turns again?

In "Wish for a Fish," which sea creature has a tusk like a unicorn and what zone is it found in?

Ages 9 to 12

In "Abel's Island," how did Abel first get swept away?

In "Hattie and the Wild Waves," what is Hattie's main inspiration?

In "Mermaid Tales From Around the World," the Nigerian tale "The Fish Husband" is about a girl who jumps into the river at Idunmaibo. What happens to her?

In "Mysteries and Marvels of Ocean Life," what fish turns blue and red to match its seabed and always blends into its surroundings?

In "The Mystery of the Hidden Beach," what is stolen from Violet's aquarium?

In "Scary Sea Stories," "The Most Beautiful Day of the Year" features Captain Anderson and Lieutenant Alger. What was the legend the Captain told the lieutenant after their experience with the Tantallus?

In "Seabird," what did the crew tell Ezra when he told them about a "bird that saved the ship?"

In "Sea Snakes," these reptiles can be found in what habitats?

In "Stories From the Sea," what two wishes does Wa ask the precious pearl for in the Vietnamese story "The Precious Pearl"?

In "Where Did All the Water Go?" where do the boy's bay friends suggest the water has gone?

Answers will appear on the July 11 Parent & Child page. Or check them out on The Sun's Web page at

Q. What do you get if you cross an octopus with an electric eel?

A. A shock-topus.

Q. How do you open Loch Ness?

A. With the Florida Keys.

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