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Under the Sea

Under the Sea

by Alastair Smith, Peter David Scott (Illustrator), Judy Tachell

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Digital imaging was done by Keith Furnival in this fine lift-the-flap book for children about some of the many living things that might be found under the sea. The writing style is flawless—so clear the youngest child can understand it, with light touches of humor so even the adult reading it aloud for the tenth time will enjoy it. It all begins near the top of the sea with dolphins. The reader will learn that they breathe air as we do, live in groups and help each other look after the babies. A double flap shows a dolphin jumping out of the water, flipping over and diving back in. Sharks, seahorses and corals also get their own pages; while deep-water fish, fish with special protective qualities and fish that live near the shore share pages. Underneath the flaps the sea creatures sometimes share their thoughts in comic-book style bubbles, such as the baby seahorse swimming away from his father, who has just delivered him (male seahorses do that), thinking, "Bye-bye, Dad." 2003, Usborne/EDC, Ages 4 to 7.
— Eleanor Heldrich

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