"The Sand Lady" writes books that teach kids to respect the coast.

By Jacquelyne Froeber
June 05, 2008
Michael Luppino

Children's book author and second-grade teacher CorinneLitzenberg tells beach tales through a character created fromshells and sea grass. Corinne's hardcover books, The Sand Lady: An Ocean City, Maryland, Tale and The Sand Lady: A Cape May Tale, show young readers what theseaside towns were like 100 years ago and emphasize caring for thenatural world.

chapter one: "My family and I spend a lot of time on thecoast. One year my daughter, Natalie, drew a lady in the sand." InCorinne's series, this sand lady comes to life and guides a younggirl on an adventure through time.

beach vocabulary: The books include a glossary of words thatchildren, or even adults, may not know―from Victorian-erafashion terms (millinery) to beach life (the piping plover).

coastal caring: "The sooner children learn about theirfavorite beach environment, the more they will appreciate it."

staying sandy: "To fully experience a character, you have totry to be that person. My coastal home and beach memorabilia haveconvinced me I am The Sand Lady."

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