A Swim Through the Sea

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Kids love animals, and sea creatures are no exception! Here is an alphabetical "tour" of ocean animals led by Seamore the seahorse. Each animal has a simplified alliterative description.

Uses the letters of the alphabet to introduce angelfish, dolphins, manatees, octopus, and other fish and mammals living in the world's oceans, giving their physical charactistics and behavior.

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Overview

Kids love animals, and sea creatures are no exception! Here is an alphabetical "tour" of ocean animals led by Seamore the seahorse. Each animal has a simplified alliterative description.

Uses the letters of the alphabet to introduce angelfish, dolphins, manatees, octopus, and other fish and mammals living in the world's oceans, giving their physical charactistics and behavior.

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Editorial Reviews

Jacques Cousteau
. . . an inspiration for all young environmentalists.
NAPRA Trade Journal
At age 17, Kristin Joy Pratt is gaining international recognition with her work in educating children about our environment. . . beautiful watercolor illustrations dome by this very talented young author.
Publishers Weekly
Remarkable clay compositions recreate the undersea world in the board book Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes, illus. by Jeanette Canyon, a riff on the classic Over in the Meadow. Youngsters can almost touch the smooth scales of a fish or the rough spikes of a coral reef as they count up from a fuchsia "mother octopus and her octopus one" to 10 lime-green seahorses with their father. And the watery backdrop shifts from 1, 2, 3 to ABC in A Swim Through the Sea by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini, which traces salty creatures from Angelfish to Zebrafish. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
From angel-to zebrafish by way of xiphosuran (no X marks the spot here!), this stunning menagerie of marine life is beautiful to look at and full of facts. Point out to aspiring author/artists that the hardworking Ms. Pratt wrote this, her second book (first was her alphabetical Walk In The Rainforest), while in high school. Have youngsters use the book above to create their own alphabet on a family member, subject of a biography they've just read, someone in the news, a classmate, neighbor, pet, or any other person, place or thing of special interest.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This colorful alphabet book invites readers to join Seamore, the seahorse, as he explores the fascinating plants and animals of the undersea world. During his journey, Seamore comes face-to-face with a puffed-up porcupine fish, a happily-housed hermit crab, jet-propelled jellyfish, a gargantuan grouper, and many other ocean creatures. Bright watercolor illustrations, intriguing facts, and lyrical prose fill the pages of fun alphabetical underwater adventure.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-An alphabetical introduction to various forms of ocean life, as seen through the eyes of Seamore the seahorse. The intended audience is unclear, as the tone of Seamore's encounters, narrated in a large type, indicate a preschool audience, while the descriptive paragraph for each entry uses vocabulary too complicated for the typical alphabet-book crowd. For each letter, a creature is spotlighted and framed by a colorful border featuring other organisms whose names begin with the same letter. Especially lively is the one for ``D''-active dolphins leap and swim above and within a multi-shaded ocean across two pages, reminiscent of a Grecian frieze. The ``phosphorescent flashlight fish'' combines a clever usage of the ``ph'' and ``f'' sound, and shows the purple fish glowing green and yellow against a dark background of deep ocean. The double-page view of ``rippling rays round a reef'' has them radiating out from the center of the spread in a dramatic point of view. All of the flowing, fluid pictures are full of action and detail. Some of the same animals are included in Anne Doubilet's Under the Sea from A to Z (Crown, 1991), but without that title's brief, clear entries.-Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584690801
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Simply Nature Bks.
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 971,951
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    An amazing accomplishment!

    A Swim through the Sea is an amazing book, worthy of praise no matter the age of the author/illustrator. This book is made even more special, however, because Kristin Joy Pratt was in high school when she wrote it. The art is stunning, the writing appealing and fun, and the overall effect is one of joy. Pratt shows love for her subject and an infectious enthusiasm. Every page is jam-packed with facts, color, and whimsy, so that children learn while they are enjoying the artwork. Parents, teachers, and anyone reading this book to young people will learn a lot while experiencing art that resonates. Pratt combines elements of art and science while promoting literacy using her rhyming text, alliteration, and sheer love of words. I can't give this book a high enough rating and look forward to reading other works now that I have discovered her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Very highly recommended

    Written and illustrated by sixteen year old Kristin Joy Pratt, A Swim Through The Sea is the creative and imaginative ABC board book the features Seamore the Seahorse as he explores the wonderful underwater ocean life with each depicted creature also representing a letter of the alphabet. Carrying preschoolers and kindergarteners from A to Z, Kristin's A Swim Through The Sea offers a delightful presentation of twenty-four interesting and beautifully drawn aquatic life forms and is a thoroughly fun approach to learning. An ideal addition to family, day care center, and kindergarten library collections, A Swim Through The Sea is very highly recommended for all children ages 3 to 5 for its unique, original, colorful, and educational format showcasing an alphabetically arranged variety of fish and other water-life forms.

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