Somewhere in the Ocean

Somewhere in the Ocean

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by Jennifer Ward, T. J. Marsh, Kenneth J. Spengler
     
 

A counting book in rhyme presents various marine animals and their children, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten. Complete with a glossary, musical score, and numbers hidden in the illustrations.

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A counting book in rhyme presents various marine animals and their children, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten. Complete with a glossary, musical score, and numbers hidden in the illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
As counting books go--and sometimes there's a curmudgeonly wish that they'd all just go--this rhyming text is a bit better than some. Set to the tune of "Over In The Meadow," we count from "a mother manatee and her little calf one," up to "a mother octopus and her little babies ten." The habitats for each creature are correct, but it's unfortunate that all the parents and babies are shown closely linked, no matter what critter we're counting. We know better. Mom Turtle lays those eggs as expeditiously as possible, covers them up, and trundles seaward, never to look back. She doesn't hang out with her kids anymore than the hermit crab mummy does, or the jellyfish mom, or Mother Clown Fish. Like snakes and insects, those animals are precocial--designed to function from birth without parental attention. At least an appended "Fun Facts" section adds to the information given in the rhymes, and we can hope that a reader will take her listeners there, aiming for accuracy. The illustrations are gouache on watercolor paper which gives them a bright, cartoony look. The tiny turtles have amazing grins that will tickle the kids, if not the scientific-minded grumpy adults like me. 2000, Rising Moon, Ages 1 to 4, $15.95. Reviewer: Joan Carris—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Students learn basic facts about a wide variety of marine life as they follow this singsong text, set to the tune of "Over in the Meadow." Clown fish, hermit crabs, tiger sharks, jellyfish, manatees, and sea turtles are just some of the ocean-dwelling creatures that readers meet along the way. While most of the rhymes are catchy, a few are awkward, such as "Somewhere in the ocean where the sea grass grows so even/lived a father sea horse and his wee babies seven-." The vibrantly colored, lively art is sure to hold children's attention. As extra assurance, the numerals are hidden throughout the illustrations. A glossary gives brief information on the plants and marine animals mentioned in the rhymes.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
The authors give new lyrics to the familiar rhyming folksong `Over in the Meadow,` here counting ocean mothers and their offspring one to ten from manatee to octopus. Some rhymes seem forced, but young listeners will still enjoy chanting along: `Somewhere in the ocean where the seas and rivers mix / lived a mother tiger shark and her little pups SIX. / `Cruise!` said their mother. `We cruise!` said the six, / so they cruised and they hunted where the seas and rivers mix.` The authors conclude with `fun facts` about the animals and a simplified musical score for the folk song. Facts are neither scientific nor specific enough to be very helpful. For example, `sea turtles—some sea turtles grow to be really big, bigger than a really big man.` How big is that? The illustrations are big, bright, and slightly cartoonish. All these creatures are smiling, and octopus, hermit crabs and others have excessively goggly eyes. The endpapers invite viewers to look for hidden numbers in the illustrations, but they are not easy to find. A counting book with an ecology message with a modicum of appeal. (glossary, musical score) (Nonfiction. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873587488
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
134,199
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Somewhere in the Ocean 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Somewhere in the Ocean" has been a title that the children at the library really enjoy. They love books that you can sing to and many of the children have learned the words by repeatability. One parent from story hour checks this book out all the time. Her daughter "loves" this book and many 3 years olds do. The pictures draws their eyes into the story. I know some of the facts are being stretch when it comes to the parent child relationship with these animals. But at the end of the story it starts conversation about many different topics: going to the beach, swimming in the ocean, our experiences with animals like these are topics that always come up. I really do recommend this book to toddlers that love a good book that mom's can sing to.