Ocean Hide and Seek

Ocean Hide and Seek

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by Jennifer Evans Kramer, Gary R. Phillips

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The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don't believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old


The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don't believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise? The “For Creative Minds” learning section includes an “Animal Classification” and “Food for Thought” activity.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Short verses and deep-hued paintings introduce the ways in which sea animals use camouflage for protection. Each spread presents one animal and its form of protection. For example, one page shows a crab that hides by attaching bits of kelp to its shell. The second line of each four-line verse repeats the last words of the first line twice in a "Muffin-Man"-like sequence: "Floating there, before our eyes-/before our eyes, before our eyes." This gives a jarringly young feel to what is otherwise a serious informational book. The page quoted here ends with these graceful lines: "A seaweed curtain bares its prize,/a tiny dragon in disguise." The illustrations, most of creatures that live far beneath the sea, are, of necessity, quite dark and are best viewed by individual readers. The endnotes are more than supplemental; they are necessary, as they explain the methods of camouflage and the species features. Extensive online support includes a teacher's guide, which seems aimed at a third- through fifth-grade audience, and correlates with standards for specific states. Useful in collections where books on sea creatures or camouflage are needed.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

Product Details

Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Kramer (Ocean Hide and Seek) loves spending time outdoors and believes children make the very best nature guides. Jennifer graduated with a BA from Emory University and a JD/MBA from Georgia State University. At Emory, she took classes in Child Psychology and Education, and worked with children at Fernbank Elementary, The Phoenix School, and the St. Stephens Infant School in Canterbury, England. Her favorite time was recess, though she was hopeless at jumping rope and hide-and-seek. The kids always found her! It was also at Emory that Jennifer obtained her NAUI scuba certification. Her first dive trip was to a rock quarry in Alabama, where there were no sea animals. Since then, she has snorkeled and dived off Maui, the Caymans, and the coast of Cozumel. She loves to talk about coming face-to-face with a white tipped reef shark! In addition to Ocean Hide and Seek (Spring 2009), Jennifer has also written Good Luck Charlie and The Ninth Dragon. She has fiction and non-fiction stories and articles published with Highlights for Children, Ladybug, Educational Testing, McGraw Hill, and more. Jennifer currently resides in Georgia, with her husband, four children, and a standard poodle that thinks he is Elvis.

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Ocean Hide and Seek 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
WHY: 1. The publisher doesn't properly adapt the book to work well on the nook. It should be done as an APP to make use of the features they advertise. There is no page flipping and so on. Sylvan Dell publishing is showing that they are not ready for prime time eBook distrabution. 2. There is one link to get to some extras on their webpage. These are not direct links and only an educator who is familar with the webpage will be hopelessly lost. 3. The full benefit of these books is geared toward professional educators not the general public and their stock overview is disengeniuos at best.
Carol Cherry More than 1 year ago
15 pages for this price!! Really? Illustrations were very small!!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Through lyrical prose and beautifully rendered illustrations, Ocean Hide and Seek easily captures young readers' imagination and interest in the mysteries of the underwater world. The song-like qualities of Kramer's verse make reading this book out loud a pleasure. One page shows bright clown fish nestled among the wavy green and blue tentacles of its anemone home. "Clownfish colors, orange and white - orange and white, orange and white. Seeking shelter, taking flight, clownfish hiding in plain sight." The carefully selected wording informs allusively, prompting children to ask enthusiastic questions about these underwater wonders. Surely they will ask why the parrotfish has a "cocoon" around her at night or what is the name of that animal trying to look like a deadly sea snake. Lucky for adult readers, four pages of explanations and information provide the answers for most young readers' questions. Delving beyond the simple narration, even children at the older range of the 4-8 year old set will learn about mimicry, disruptive coloration, and counter illumination, to name a few examples in this section of Ocean Hide and Seek. Teachers and caregivers using this book as a jumping off point for further learning about ocean life can visit the publishers website, SylvanDellPublishing.com, to find a plethora of comprehension questions, quizzes, coloring pages and language arts, math, science and geography activities relating to Ocean Hide and Seek. There is even a link to buy stuffed underwater creatures featured in the book. Quill says: Whether as a jumping-off point for launching further studies or for the sheer pleasure of the lyrical prose and soothing illustrations, this book is a wonderful watery treasure.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Ocean Hide and Seek is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Have you ever looked out at the wide sea and wondered what kinds of things lie beneath it where there are so many places to hide? There are clownfish who swim among the poisonous tentacles of the sea anemone. Catsharks hunt prey, and whale shark swims into sight then fades away, both protected by their disruptive coloration. A leafy sea dragon mingles in with seaweed. The great white shark is a sneaky foe. The deep-sea bristlemouth seems almost invisible because of its counter illumination. Blue tangs blend in with the colors of the coral reef. Tiny crabs hide in kelp. An octopus mimics a deadly sea snake. Pipefish look just like blades of sea grass. And queen parrotfish can make a clear, mucus "cocoon" to cover their scent when they sleep. Whether people live on the coast or far inland, I think that everyone is fascinated with the ocean and the great variety of life that teems within it. Jennifer Evans Kramer's lyrically rhyming text will give children a sense of wonder at what lives beneath the rolling waves, and the illustrations by Gary R. Phillips will provide a feeling of what it is actually like to be down there. The "For Creative Minds" section has four pages of activities about animal hide and seek, animal classification, and "Food for Thought." Additional information about "Related Websites" and "Teaching Activities" may be found at Sylvan Dell Publishing's website to help parents and teachers to expand the learning possibilities. Furthermore, the author is donating a portion of her royalties to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Ocean Hide and Seek is a wonderful resource for youngsters who are interested in the sea.