Miss Smith Under the Ocean [NOOK Book]

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Miss Smith's class can't wait for story time. When their teacher reads from her incredible storybook, the worlds she describes come alive-literally! So when the class takes a field trip to the local aquarium, reading magic brings favorite nautical characters to life, including Long John Silver and the Swiss Family Robinson. From swimming with the Little Mermaid to rescuing their treasured storybook from scurvy...
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Overview

Miss Smith's class can't wait for story time. When their teacher reads from her incredible storybook, the worlds she describes come alive-literally! So when the class takes a field trip to the local aquarium, reading magic brings favorite nautical characters to life, including Long John Silver and the Swiss Family Robinson. From swimming with the Little Mermaid to rescuing their treasured storybook from scurvy pirates, it's another rollicking reading adventure Miss Smith's class - and readers - won't soon forget.


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—During a trip to the aquarium, Miss Smith (think Mo in Inkheart) opens her Incredible Storybook and in a flash her class teleports to the Owl and the Pussycat's pea-green boat. Through shipwrecks and storms, the children literally run into the likes of Moby-Dick, Robinson Crusoe, the Little Mermaid, Gulliver, and Captain Nemo in his forever-at-sea Nautilus and complete an episodic journey from the death-churning sea to the safety of a ship. Garland's brightly hued, computer-rendered illustrations fit the aesthetic of gaming kids today. So does the action-packed plot. For the other great elements of fiction and picture-book art, grab your spyglass and look elsewhere. This offering is great for libraries peddling the classics to their students and looking to dazzle bored kids, but it's a far cry from classic picture books that beg to be read and read again.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Miss Smith, whose readings from her incredible storybook have taken her students on previous wild adventures, prepares them for a trip to the aquarium. First, with The Owl and the Pussycat, they are all on the pea green boat. Moving to Moby Dick, the huge white whale splashes next to them. As Miss Smith begins The Little Mermaid, they spot the mermaid and free her from a net. Starting Treasure Island, they spot a pirate ship stuck on a rock. Long John Silver and his pirates are soon on board with them. As Miss Smith reads about him, they reach the island of Robinson Crusoe. Further story encounters include Gulliver's Travels, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. From Captain Nemo's Nautilus, the class finds itself on the way to the aquarium, with a new respect for the ocean. Garland creates a lively cast of doll-like characters in double-page scenes appropriate for each tale. Scenes from the stories include the parrot on Long John Silver's shoulder, Gulliver tied down by a bunch of tiny men, and a frightening octopus crushing the Nautilus. It is fun to see the characters assembled and drying off on the ship's deck. Some of the cast, surrounded by fish, are seen through a porthole being read to on the jacket. For those readers whose interest is provoked, the sources of all the adventures are listed at the end. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—During a trip to the aquarium, Miss Smith (think Mo in Inkheart) opens her Incredible Storybook and in a flash her class teleports to the Owl and the Pussycat's pea-green boat. Through shipwrecks and storms, the children literally run into the likes of Moby-Dick, Robinson Crusoe, the Little Mermaid, Gulliver, and Captain Nemo in his forever-at-sea Nautilus and complete an episodic journey from the death-churning sea to the safety of a ship. Garland's brightly hued, computer-rendered illustrations fit the aesthetic of gaming kids today. So does the action-packed plot. For the other great elements of fiction and picture-book art, grab your spyglass and look elsewhere. This offering is great for libraries peddling the classics to their students and looking to dazzle bored kids, but it's a far cry from classic picture books that beg to be read and read again.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101648483
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,147,829
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

I was born on 34th Street in Manhattan. My parents were from Queens. They married when my dad returned from World War II; he then joined the ranks of the NYPD. A sister and two brothers rounded out my family. When our Stuyvesant Town apartment grew too small, we moved to the relative wilds of Staten Island.

I spent my childhood roaming the woods, playing sports, crossing the street without looking both ways, and drawing. Drawing was the thing I did best. I wasn’t the smartest one in my class or the best athlete in any sport, but when they passed out the paper and crayons, it was my time to shine. My teachers would never hold up my math test as an example, but everything I drew would be shown to the class and given a place of honor on the bulletin board. I started to think I might become an artist.

After high school, I went to Pratt Institute to study art. I cleaned the floors in a nursing home and drove a cab nights and weekends. Soon after graduating, I sold my first illustration to True Confessions magazine. I was on my way—at the beginning of a thirty-year career of illustrating everything you could imagine. I now have twenty-three books in print, and several more in the pipeline.

Along the way, I married Peggy and we had three children: Katie, Alice and Kevin. Two are in college and one is about to start (please buy my books!). We live in Putnam County, New York.

Sixteen years ago I decided I wanted to be a writer as well as an artist. Sixteen published books later, I’m still at it.

I was born on 34th Street in Manhattan. My parents were from Queens. They married when my dad returned from World War II; he then joined the ranks of the NYPD. A sister and two brothers rounded out my family. When our Stuyvesant Town apartment grew too small, we moved to the relative wilds of Staten Island.

I spent my childhood roaming the woods, playing sports, crossing the street without looking both ways, and drawing. Drawing was the thing I did best. I wasn’t the smartest one in my class or the best athlete in any sport, but when they passed out the paper and crayons, it was my time to shine. My teachers would never hold up my math test as an example, but everything I drew would be shown to the class and given a place of honor on the bulletin board. I started to think I might become an artist.

After high school, I went to Pratt Institute to study art. I cleaned the floors in a nursing home and drove a cab nights and weekends. Soon after graduating, I sold my first illustration to True Confessions magazine. I was on my way—at the beginning of a thirty-year career of illustrating everything you could imagine. I now have twenty-three books in print, and several more in the pipeline.

Along the way, I married Peggy and we had three children: Katie, Alice and Kevin. Two are in college and one is about to start (please buy my books!). We live in Putnam County, New York.

Sixteen years ago I decided I wanted to be a writer as well as an artist. Sixteen published books later, I’m still at it.















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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    Miss Smith is a teacher unlike any other.  She reads stories to

    Miss Smith is a teacher unlike any other.  She reads stories to her class just like every other teacher.  The difference is, when she reads from her magic storybook, the characters come to life.  In this story, her class is taking a field trip to the aquarium.  Miss Smith reads to them stories about the ocean.  They find themselves on a grand adventure on the high seas!
    We really like this story and would love to go on a field trip like this one!  One reason this book is so exciting is because of the magic storybook.  We have never read a book where the characters come out of the stories (except for our other Miss Smith books of course).  We also love this story because we think it is creative how the author uses characters from stories like Moby Dick and Treasure Island to make the field trip more exciting. 
    If you like magic, pirates, and grand adventures, then this is the book for you!

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Miss Smith, that awesome red-headed, red-shoed teacher, reads ag

    Miss Smith, that awesome red-headed, red-shoed teacher, reads again, and this time characters from "sea stories" come to life.  Starting with "The Owl and the Pussycat", so that Miss Smith and the students have a boat, of course, Miss Smith wastes no time in conjuring the whale that eluded Ahab.  The marvelous Miss Smith reads through so many adventures and the class meets so many characters, but it is the visit from Captain Nemo that makes me jealous.  What I would give to bring the Nautilus to life!  Clearly, Michael Garland loves books.  He makes me want to go back and re-read every one of those classic tales. 
    As wonderful as this story is, it is the completely brilliant, slightly manic illustrations that breathe life into this book.  My son, at four, is too young to understand the literary allusions, but he can understand what is happening on each page because the illustrations are so absolutely perfect.

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