“A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” is a reference book for Southern California sea shells.
I wrote “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”after realizing that all the shell books I found were shells of the world or the South Pacific, but that there was no sea shell book about Southern California shells. It took 3 1/2 years of researching the shells before I wrote this book. I learned interesting and fun facts like mussels live 20 years and there is a silhouette of an owl inside a Giant Owl Limpet shell!
I painted the watercolor illustrations of the shells from sea shells I found on San Diego beaches. The name of each shell and interesting information about each shell is added in calligraphy. The illustrations share fun information as well as the names of the shell. In the back of the book are pages of photographs I took of sea shells.
Using “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, the next time you pick up a shell on the beach you will be able to find out about the shell in your hand! Take a moment and order your copy for the summer!
“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” is the delightful story of Shelly Cat and her two “marvelous” mice friends, Marv & Louis, who live by the beach. The three friends build sand castles and collect sea shells, but also have adventures at the beach seeing dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals. The inquisitive cat and mice watch pelicans plunge into the sea for dinner, snowy egrets “dance” on the beach and see cormorants with turquoise eyes and throats. Each adventure is an opportunity for education about the beach environment on the west coast. Shelly Cat and the mice even spend time picking up trash on the beach. Shelly Cat is a very happy cat and clearly enjoys her life by the sea. She wears assorted hats and necklaces. Marv & Louis, the two mice, each have distinctive personalities. Marv is the serious one who likes to read books and watches out for Louis. Louis is shy and has a childlike silliness. Louis often carries paper umbrellas used for drinks that he found at the beach. One day the mice discover that they are talented at weaving baskets and hats from reeds growing in the marsh on the bay. Another day the three friends run away from the waves with the tiny Sanderling birds. Together they collect and learn about sea weeds and about the hermit crabs living in sea shells in tide pools. Shelly Cat, Marv & Louis go grunion hunting under the full moon and collect pine nuts from pine trees. They watch sea gulls raise their polka-dotted chicks. Every day is a marvelous adventure at the beach with Shelly Cat By the Sea and her two mice friends, Marv & Louis. Both adults and children will enjoy this book.
“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” is written by Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea and is illustrated with Nancy Lee’s watercolors. Nancy Lee previously published “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, a sea shell education book with her watercolor illustrations and photography of sea shells in Southern California.