Shells... and what they hide inside: A Lift-the-Flap AdventureHelen Scales, illustrated by Sonia Pulido

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A richly illustrated, informative, and interactive introduction to shells for children aged 2-4, with over 40 flaps to lift and discover

In this board book companion to What a Shell Can Tell, award-winning marine biologist and documentary maker, Helen Scales, introduces children ages 2-4 to the wonders of shells. With over 40 flaps to lift creating interactive opportunities on every page, stunningly lifelike illustrations, children are encouraged to observe, engage with, and understand a range of shells and environments. From where shells are found and who lives in them, to what a shell’s look and feel can reveal about its inhabitant and environment.

The book expands on a child’s natural instinct for collecting things, nurturing their interest and curiosity in nature by giving them simple observation skills that will help them to explore the connections between objects found in nature and the wider ecosystem, as well as building their vocabulary. With a timely message of environmental stewardship combined with stunning illustrations, this book encourages children to explore and care about the world around them.

Ages 2-4


  • Format: Board Book
  • Size: 215 × 190 mm (8 1/2 × 7 1/2 in)
  • Pages: 16 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838667887

Dr Helen Scales is a marine biologist, writer, and documentary maker. She is the author of the Guardian bestseller Spirals in Time, and writes for National Geographic Magazine, the Guardian, and New Scientist, among others. She teaches at Cambridge University and is a storytelling ambassador for the Save Our Seas Foundation.

Artist Sonia Pulido lives in a seaside village close to Barcelona. Her illustrations have appeared in publications globally, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.

‘Introduces toddlers to the wonders of shells.’ – GeekDad

‘The fun of discovering shells stays front and center throughout the read, and this is especially true with the flaps.’ – Bookworm for Kids

‘A great addition to any young nature lover’s shelf.’ – Little Cub Literacy