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"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
Something happened to Sunnyside Beach. Something bad. So on Beach Clean-Up Day, Mr. Tate's class wanted to help. When they arrived at the seashore, they met Captain Ned.
"Yo-ho! That's my boat, the Sea Fan. I do my best to care for the oceans and seas, but I need some help today."
The class walked with Captain Ned along the shore. They saw dirty bottles and cans, empty food containers, plastic bags, and even old tires. Gulls stood among piles of trash.
"The sea is sad," said Captain Ned. He waved his hat out wide. "This garbage worries it."
"Seas can't be sad," Eli said.
Captain Ned put on his hat. "Listen closely, and the sea will share a story."
Everyone stood at the surf's edge. Waves lapped at their feet, and a breeze blew salty air. This is what they heard . . .
One whale leaps high, breaching my surface.
Excerpted from These Seas Count! by Alison Formento, Sarah Snow. Copyright © 2013 Albert Whitman & Company. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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Posted February 1, 2014
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
Posted February 21, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.