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Children's LiteratureTrying to describe life under the sea in this early reader, which is part of the "Usborne Beginners," may have been too ambitious. Other books in the series have a little narrower focus and they are more cohesive and less a compilation of sound bites. That said, there is a still plenty to be learned about dolphins, sharks, jellyfish, octopuses, sea turtles, sea horses and their watery habitat. Each page is filled with colorful illustrations. The book has a table of contents, glossary, index and refers the reader to Usborne's Quick Links Web site. The back cover lists some Internet safety rules and also has a note for adults. This book would also be a good choice for kids not reading on grade level or those in ESOL programs. 2003, Usborne, Ages 4 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot