Kathy Orr, marine biologist and artist, tells the life story of the conch shell. Although written with young children in mind, her colourful artwork will appeal to all ages. The story traces Shelley's life cycle from her beginning as a drifting baby, no bigger than a pinhead, to the time when she produces her own offspring. Fascinating facts about the life of the conch and other marine animals with which it comes into contact show the importance of conserving this beautiful creature. Double-page spreads feature a page of text accompanied by a full-colour illustration in the author's charming and serene style.