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  • Published: 5 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780143019343
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32

The Life-Size Guide to the New Zealand Beach

featuring the odd things which get washed up on the sand


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Join Andrew Crowe in solving the mysteries of beachcombing. The puzzling flotsam and jetsam — both common and strange — is shown here and explained with clear, life-size colour photographs.

Join Andrew Crowe in solving the mysteries of beachcombing. The puzzling flotsam and jetsam — both common and strange — is shown here and explained with clear, life-size colour photographs.

Besides providing a simple introduction to New Zealand geology, this book’s new approach to the beach shows:
- Pebbles and sand from around the country
- How to recognise common animal tracks found in the sand
- Jellyfish, starfish, crabs and bones from the sea
- Eggs from the sea and invertebrates living in the sand
- Seaweed, plant wash-ups and even common rubbish pollution

  • Pub date: 5 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780143019343
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32

About the Author

Andrew Crowe

Andrew Crowe is a best-selling author with a special interest in helping make nature accessible to beginners of all ages. He has written over 40 nature books covering seashells, insects, spiders, birds and other animals and plants. Andrew has won numerous New Zealand book awards, including the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2009 for his overall contribution to children's literature and the Ashton Wylie Award in 2005 for a biography for teenagers on the Dalai Lama. His latest book, Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Maori and their Polynesian Ancestors (Bateman), received a Storylines Notable Book Award in 2019.

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Awards & Recognition

  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards

    Finalist • 2005 • Non-Fiction

  • NZ Post Children's Book Awards

    Finalist • 2005 • Non-Fiction

  • Storylines Notable Book Award

    Notable Book • 2005 • Non-Fiction


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