These Seas Count!

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Mr. Tate's class helps clean up a local beach and listens to the sea as it tells them about all the wildlife that make it their home. One whale, two giant sea turtles, three marlins. . . and more. Of course, the class discovers that "this sea counts!" These Seas Count! explores the environmental impact and importance of the seas, and how crucial it is to keep them healthy. Alison Formento's gentle story and Sarah Snow's amazing collages combine for a powerful message about the environment and what we can do to ...
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Mr. Tate's class helps clean up a local beach and listens to the sea as it tells them about all the wildlife that make it their home. One whale, two giant sea turtles, three marlins. . . and more. Of course, the class discovers that "this sea counts!" These Seas Count! explores the environmental impact and importance of the seas, and how crucial it is to keep them healthy. Alison Formento's gentle story and Sarah Snow's amazing collages combine for a powerful message about the environment and what we can do to preserve our oceans.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The children in Mr. Tate’s class take a field trip to clean up beach litter in this companion to This Tree Counts! and These Bees Count! This civic-minded activity also gives the kids a chance to learn about ocean habitats and the importance of conservation—with a number lesson to boot. As the children listen to the sea’s story, it delivers a gentle counting song: “Three mighty marlins glide across my waves./ Four sea horses gallop in a saltwater rodeo.” Snow’s digital collages call to mind torn-paper collage, as the class collects garbage and knowledgeable Captain Ned teaches them about pollution. Formento once again underlines the value of the learning that takes place outside the classroom. Author’s agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator’s agent: Libby Snow, Artist Representative. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
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"Captivated readers will imagine that they feel the warm sun, salty ocean spray, and cooling breezes along with the students." School Library Journal, March 2013

"Formento once again underlines the value of the learning that takes place outside the classroom." Publishers Weekly, February 25, 2013

"This useful addition to classroom units on ocean life and pollution is the sequel to This Tree Counts! (2010) and These Bees Count! (2012)." Booklist, February 27, 2013

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
On Beach Clean-Up Day, Mr. Tate's field-trip-loving class heads to Sunnyside Beach to remove the old tires and trash people have dumped in the sand. Local ocean advocate Captain Ned tells the students the sea is sad and encourages them to listen to the ocean's message spoken on the wind and waves. The ocean shares news of the many unique creatures that live in the water, from whales and turtles to sea horses that "gallop in a saltwater rodeo." Captain Ned and Mr. Tate teach the children about the importance of keeping the seas clean for the sake of the food chain, the air produced by phytoplankton, and the planet. After cleaning up the beach, Captain Ned takes the class out on his boat to fish trash from the ocean so they can make the seas happy again. A hybrid counting book and environmental education lesson disguised as a story, this beautifully illustrated picture book paints a realistic picture of the impact litter has on beaches and ultimately, the world's oceans. Though the message feels a bit heavy-handed at times, Formento's passion for preserving nature is clear in both the text and the informative afterword. Snow's digital collage illustrations bring a variety of textures to the page, including whimsical seagulls that look like they are made out of sock fabric. This book is part of the "Counts!" series that includes books about trees and bees, and will be most popular with teachers looking for Earth Day books or ways to tie conservation concepts into natural science studies. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The children in Mr. Tate's class join Captain Ned for a Beach Clean-up Day. Sadly, the shoreline and surf are littered with debris. When the captain instructs the students to listen to the sea, they stand at the edge of the rolling waves and hear about the unique creatures that make their home in the salty waters. The sea counts from "One whale" to "Ten bottlenose dolphins." Descriptive imagery perfectly captures the quintessential characteristics of each animal. "Four sea horses gallop in a saltwater rodeo" and "Seven jellyfish drift by, dancing a water ballet." The students quickly realize that "This sea counts!" Captain Ned and Mr. Tate continue the lesson, revealing the many ways a clean and healthy ocean matters. After collecting 10 bags of trash from the sandy shore, the children go out on Captain Ned's boat and clean up the water, too. The atmospheric digital collage illustrations are filled with texture, motion, and light. Captivated readers will imagine that they feel the warm sun, salty ocean spray, and cooling breezes along with the students. An afterword and suggested web links provide additional information about keeping the marine world safe. Pair this informative title with Formento's This Tree Counts! (2010) and These Bees Count! (2012, both Albert Whitman).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
When Mr. Tate's class helps with beach cleanup, they learn about the importance of the ocean and listen to a tally of sea creatures, from one to 10. A friendly sea captain meets the group on a trash-strewn shore and encourages them to listen to the sad sea. From one whale breaching to 10 dolphins leaping, the sea introduces some of its inhabitants. This counting exercise, appropriate for very young readers, is followed by an explanation of why oceans matter, including the role of phytoplankton in the food chain and atmosphere and a poem about the water cycle. (Happily for tots in over their heads, the successful beach cleanup is followed by a boat trip.) This well-meant but muddled picture book seems to be addressing two different audiences: preschoolers who might enjoy the counting exercise (and not be bothered by sea turtles who "surf" through kelp or slow-moving seahorses who "gallop"); and elementary school–aged children ready for more complicated explanations and for the sad reality of oil and sewage spills and dead animals. Snow's digital collages effectively show how out of place human trash is on a sandy beach. The story pattern will be familiar to readers of this pair's earlier environmental field-trip descriptions of trees and bees. The information is important, but the presentation is depressing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807578711
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 680,140
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Alison Formento is a former journalist and the author of This Tree Counts! and These Bees Count! She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.

Sarah Snow is a collage artist who works combining found papers, acrylics, and watercolor. She is the illustrator of This Tree Counts! and These Bees Count! She lives in New Paltz, New York, with her family.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Mr Tate¿s class travels to Sunnyside Beach to help clean it up.

    Mr Tate’s class travels to Sunnyside Beach to help clean it up. Pollution and trash can make the sea life sick. When the kids are at the beach they listen to the ocean and see how all of the wild life at the beach counts (literally and figuratively).




    Why I liked this book – I love how Ms. Formento makes her books into a 1-10 counting book with an awesome story behind it.  So kids not only learn an important environmental lesson, they also learn to count to 10. I like how in this book, you also learn a little bit about 10 sea animals (one or two sentences each). The illustrations by Sarah Snow are pretty and full of texture (I read that she uses “digital collage” to make them). They add a lot to the story. Ms. Formento really writes a great non-fictiony fiction book, along with the cool illustrations by Ms. Snow, and together they make a wonderful informational book for young kids to enjoy! :D
    *NOTE - I got a copy of this book at a book festival

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    I'm so excited.  These Seas Count arrived today. This time Mr. T

    I'm so excited.  These Seas Count arrived today. This time Mr. Tate and his class are off to help clean  up the shore. Cate will love  to see Jake, Amy, Eli and all their classmates helping out and  learning at the same time. As usual the illustrations are wonderful, and I can't wait to send the book on for Cate's enjoyment.

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