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Posted June 8, 2009
fascinating reading and pictures
Have you ever wondered what it is like under the ocean around a coral reef? Following the same rhyming pattern of the popular nineteenth century song "Over in the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth, author Marianne Berkes describes the lives of sea creature parents and their babies in the coral reef so that children can understand more about them and have fun doing it. One octopus squirts. Two parrotfish grind. Three clownfish dart. Four stingrays stir. Five puffer fish puff. Six dolphins jump. Seven angelfish graze. Eight needlefish skitter. Nine gruntfish grunt. And ten seahorses flutter. As the author notes, "The animals really do squirt, grind, dart, etc., as they have been portrayed."
The striking and realistic illustrations by Jeanette Canyon are all constructed entirely from polymer clay. The back of the book has the entire song with the music, along with several curriculum components, including information on ocean family babies, the coral reef community, the animals mentioned in the book, and even how the illustrations were made. There is also an explanation of how children can sing the song with different finger or hand movements. In addition there is the reinforcement of learning to count from one to ten. This book has won several awards, including Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award. Children will find it fascinating both to read the words and to see the pictures.
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Posted January 10, 2014
This is a fantastic counting, rhyming, learning about ocean creatures and their babies book. In the back are more interesting facts about the sea life described. It is fun to read and children stay interested while learning a lot about science. Wonderful addition to a child's book collection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2013
When my son is not yet two-and-a-half, and could count to ten by
When my son is not yet two-and-a-half, and could count to ten by himself. What does that have to do with this book? Well, Over in the Ocean is a counting-to-ten book, and he has heard this story repeatedly. Never underestimate the power of reading to your children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Over in the Ocean is also a "song" book (to the tune of Over in the Meadow), and it is a beautifully, polymer clay, illustrated book. It is also another book by my friendly acquaintance, Marianne Berkes. In fact, the first time I heard this book was when the children's library staff was helping her present it to a very full room of children at a summer program. I was really into the song until I got caught out by the seahorse. That one little twist makes the book memorable. And as I've said before, it is beautiful, with its turquoise ocean and brightly colored sea life.
Posted November 19, 2012
Posted October 5, 2009
Art work is great!!
This is a fun book to read to your child. Our almost three year old daughter loves to read this counting book. The artwork is superb and very well done. This is one of the better book for counting we have read. She absolutely loves it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2008
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