Ocean Counting

Overview

Throughout our world's oceans live wild animals that swim, leap, and dive through the pages of this charming title. The photography in this book presents young readers with a foundation for learning basic counting skills while discovering some magnificent ocean animals. The marine life captured on each page portray familiar favorites along with a few lesser-known, but still amazing, animals. Lyrical text about each creature is both lively and thought-provoking. "Did You Know" ...
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Overview

Throughout our world's oceans live wild animals that swim, leap, and dive through the pages of this charming title. The photography in this book presents young readers with a foundation for learning basic counting skills while discovering some magnificent ocean animals. The marine life captured on each page portray familiar favorites along with a few lesser-known, but still amazing, animals. Lyrical text about each creature is both lively and thought-provoking. "Did You Know" facts accompany each spread to add both fun and fascinating tidbits about each creature. Fact boxes in the back of the book include information about the animals' homes, sizes, diets, predators, and babies. The book ends with an interactive map and a brief and inspirational note from National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry. A glossary helps kids expand their vocabulary, and a list of books and websites for further reading help jump-start more discovery.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers are invited to count from one to 10 with photographs of aquatic animals, described in brief, vivid captions: “5 pink sea star arms. Five arms on this pink sea star bend and flex. Tube-like suckers underneath these arms hold the sea star in place.” Small sidebar boxes provide surprising animal facts, and the images showcase the wild diversity of undersea color: seven glass eye fish are blazing red, and nine hammerhead sharks swim as a group in sunlight-infused turquoise water. Appended animal facts and a note from photographer Skerry provide additional insight into each species and the process of capturing them on film. Ages 2–5. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Gorgeous photographs and straightforward counting offer preschoolers a few facts about some ocean animals. As is to be expected for a National Geographic title, Skerry's photographs take center stage. Each double-page spread is filled completely with a close-up of the featured species in its natural environment, capturing a small slice of life and hooking readers. From the photo of the hammerhead sharks, seen in shadow from underneath, to the brilliantly colored glass eye fish that "dart and dip" such that the picture's background shows a slight blur, each page turn surprises. Young readers will be fascinated by the mix of mammals, fish and invertebrates--a green sea turtle, Bermuda sea chub, harp seals, star-eyed parrotfish, Caribbean reef squid, Adélie penguins, sea otters--that represent a wide range of marine environments. The brightly colored numerals in the corners are prominent, while a brief paragraph tells about each of the 10 different marine species, giving basic facts and frequently drawing readers in with a question. "Five arms on this pink sea star bend and flex. Tube-like suckers underneath these arms hold the sea star in place. What else do the suckers do? They grab food and help the sea star move." "Did you know" boxes provide one other tidbit. Backmatter includes more counting practice, facts about each species (home, size, food, predators, young), a map, glossary and list of resources. A great counting and learning combination. (Informational picture book. 3-5)
From the Publisher
Selected as a 2014 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this stellar counting book, each spread features a vibrant color photograph of a different kind of ocean animal; a paragraph of perfectly composed, informative text and a "Did you know?" side box; and a large numeral (from one to ten) that stands out against the background. It is easy to identify the creatures to be counted as there aren't any confusing distractions. Lawler engages readers by calling attention to details or posing questions: How do you think this shark got its name? Its head is shaped like a hammer." Back matter includes a map "Where the Pictures Were Taken," activities, and more. This beautifully designed book will attract young readers.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426311161
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 560,155
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN SKERRY is an award winning photojournalist who specializes in marine wildlife and their underwater environments. Since he began shooting for National Geographic in 1998 he has covered an extensive range of subjects and stories.

JANET LAWLER is a children's book author from Connecticut. Her previous titles include: If Kisses Were Colors, A Father's Song, A Mother's Song, Tyrannoclaus, and A Mama Bug's Love.

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