Commotion in the Ocean

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The sequel to the best-selling Rumble in the Jungle, this delightful new collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.

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Overview

The sequel to the best-selling Rumble in the Jungle, this delightful new collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.

A collection of silly verses about various creatures that live in the ocean, including crabs, swordfish, whales, and polar bears.

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PreS-Gr 2-A mediocre collection of rhymes featuring different ocean animals. "The crab likes walking sideways/And I think the reason why,/Is to make himself look sneaky/And pretend that he's a spy." Although the poems are short, the vocabulary will occasionally be difficult for beginning readers. The opening and closing poems state that the book explores animals that live "beneath the sea," and yet polar bears and penguins are included. The brightly colored cartoon art is playful, but uninspired. Stick with Douglas Florian's In the Swim (Harcourt, 1997) for more creative writing and clever watercolor illustrations.-Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The round glass of a submarine porthole provides a window through which the animals of the ocean can be spied upon in all their "commotion." Crab, turtle, dolphin, jellyfish, shark, and more come under the scrutiny of Andreae, who gives each one a rhyming stanza or limerick that is often sing-song. Attributes of each creaturesþa shark's big mouth, a dolphin's sounds, a swordfish's skewerþprovide the subject matter, but the treatment is humorous, not scientific. The arms of the mother octopus enable her to tickle all of her children on their stomaches simultaneously; a crab's sideways movements turn him into a sneaky spy. The illustrations further anthropomorphize the undersea creatures, giving each one curly eyelashes and smiling faces. The only innovation here is a poem about barnacles written in tiny type on the underside of a blue whale, as if the words themselves are clinging to the giant. Otherwise, this British import is ordinary and often amateurish. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888444391
  • Publisher: Little Tiger Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.79 (w) x 12.39 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Highly Recommeded

    My daughter loves this book. It is wonderfully written, the illustrations are precious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Cute book!

    I love reading this with my 16 month old. Great illustrations, cute wording/rhyming. Loved the Rumble in the Jungle and Barnyard Hullabaloo also!

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Great for Young Readers!

    Commotion in the Ocean was written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by David Wogtowycz. This picture book is an amazing story that includes many of the sea creatures in the ocean. It also shows creatures that hatch their eggs on land and then return to the ocean. This story is rich with literary terms. It uses onomonopias, alliterations and much more. Some of the sea creatures include dolphins, angel fish, jelly fish, sharks, sword fish, octopus, stingrays, and lobsters. It also describes deep sea creatures! It also describes walruses, penguins, polar bears, and so much more. The pages are extremely colorful as they illustrate each creature. For the classroom, this would be a great read-aloud. I would recommend this be read to a first grade class during your study on the ocean. The students could then create their own sea creatures and display them on the "ocean wall" in your classroom. They could then write a story about their sea creature and include all of the facts they learned about it from the book. For an extension activity, students could pick one creature and research more information on it at home. Then they could share their new information to the class the next day. There are tons of activities that could be used relating to this wonderful book. I hope you will take the opportunity to read this book to your class as I know they would love it!

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