The Adventures of Camellia N. Under The Sea

The Adventures of Camellia N. Under The Sea


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ISBN-13: 9780997085136
Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: Adventures of Camellia N. Series , #2
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 522,777
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Debra Widerøe is Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with expertise in integrated marketing, advertising and media. She received her Master’s Degree from Harvard University, specializing in children’s television marketing. Debbie has written articles and columns for KidScreen and Sunshine Family Magazine. Previously, Debra was an executive at Warner Bros. in charge of global marketing for Looney Tunes, Baby Looney Tunes, Animaniacs and the Pinky and the Brain animated properties. She was founder and CEO of Multi-Media Promotions, Inc., where she worked with major TV and film studios. During her tenure, she spearheaded development projects, wrote, produced and developed celebrated pro-social TV specials, PSA’s, interstitials and commercials, which included the award-winning For Kids’ Sake campaign. Through her efforts, Debra was afforded the opportunity to work with environmental leaders of change; including Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, Ted Turner and Graciela Chichilnisky.

Camellia and her friends are brought to life by the illustrations of Daniela Frongia. An Italian native, currently based in London, Daniela has illustrated over 50 children's books to date. Inspired by the Disney classics and Manga, Dany showed a passion and talent for drawing by the early age of four. She devoted her gift to the arts and has a degree from the Art School in Italy as well as a certificate in graphic design.


Mom's Choice Awards Interview with Debbie Wideroe

We loved hearing about her inspiration behind writing The Adventures of Camellia N. and her current initiatives that encourage children to become environmental stewards. The full interview is published below.

MCA: You have had quite the career, and we thank you passing along your knowledge and experience to younger generations in such a fascinating way. The Adventures of Camellia N. is not only a series that educates and entertains, but also encourages children to become global ambassadors. Why write a children’s book about this?

Debbie Wideroe: I am dedicated to education and have been writing stories since I was six. I have a deep interest and passion to educate the world’s children and have no doubt that children are the ones who will make changes in our world.

I have spent nearly twenty years visiting the Arctic region (my husband is Norwegian and we have extensive family living there.) I have been captivated by the sheer beauty of this region and its significance in the world environment. When most children think of the Arctic, they conjure images of magical lights, polar bears and fairy tales. Although the Arctic seems very remote and so very far away, its unique ecosystem is intricately tied to life on the rest of our planet, making it the ideal starting point for my environmentally-focused educational series.

MCA: You’re making me want to travel there right now! Were you environmentally focused or aware when you were a child?

Debbie Wideroe: Growing up in Southern California, my father was an early pioneer in sustainability. We grew up recycling, taking care of all wildlife surrounding us (including taking in a stray duck, wild birds, squirrels and deer). We grew up planting succulents before it was in vogue and reusing rain water and recycling plastic before anyone had ever heard of the concept. Authentic ideas come to us when we least expect it. The Adventures of Camellia N. came to me in a dream.

“Authentic ideas come to us when we least expect it.” – Debbie Wideroe

MCA: I love that! And you have successfully transformed your dream into a strong message for thousands of children all over the world. Why do you think your series connects so well with your readers? What makes The Adventures of Camellia N. so unique?

Debbie Wideroe: I love what one reviewer said about my series. “Wideroe’s tale introduces the undersea environment, demystifies the dreaded shark, and explains the importance of the coral reef to earth’s ecosystem, and it teaches without ever letting on that there is some real learning going on along with the excitement and adventure.”

What else sets it apart is that it’s become more than a book series through my global pen-pal program and community based projects. I love seeing Camellia jump off the page and into people’s hearts.

I am also very honored to have the world’s leading environmentalists supporting my efforts and cheerleading for me. This also makes The Adventures of Camellia N. series unique.

MCA: It is more than just a book series, it’s a movement! Can you tell us a little bit more about the pen-pal program you mentioned?

Debbie Wideroe: Besides my book series, I have created the Camellia Kids Care program and Global Pen-Pal program. The teachers participating in the “Global Pen-Pal” Program get paired with a partnering school across the globe. Most students write to each other comparing their environments, wildlife, ecology, lifestyles, a “day in the life” …sometimes through Google Docs and even regular mail! They send class photos… and have become true friends and global ambassadors! Students tend to discuss their environment, but in the process, they are learning to appreciate our differences and understand how connected the world really is.

MCA: So, once your readers are aware of the problem, your program provides a way for them to act on that knowledge to be environmental stewards. What is your advice to parents wanting to instill an environmentally conscious mindset in their children?

Debbie Wideroe: My goal is to encourage young children (5-9) to take better care of the environment, natural resources and wildlife through positive messaging or what I refer to as “messaging that matters.” There are many threats to our environment including climate change, water scarcity, pollution and deforestation. My books highlight animals that are endangered, critically endangered and those of concern. Many of the species I cover may not be in existence throughout these children’s lives unless changes are made.

What I want parents and children to understand most is that even one simple change can make a difference in our planet! Every child (and family) can do their part to take care of our world.

MCA: There are two books in The Adventures of Camellia N. series; The Arctic and Under the Sea. What’s next for Camellia N.?

Debbie Wideroe: In Camellia N’s next eco-adventure, she awakens deep in the jungle in the Amazon, guided by a peculiar giant otter. She discovers that the rainforest is home to half of the species of plants and wildlife on our planet… and learns the critical role that rainforests play in our planet’s climate.

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Georgienne_Bradley More than 1 year ago
Combining creativity, color, intrigue, and adventure Debbie Wideroe transports young readers to our final frontier, the depths of the ocean. Reviving her wide-eyed, inquisitive heroine, Camellia N, Wideroe playfully demonstrates why our ocean ecosystems and residents are delightfully interesting and amusing. This is a must-have for parents who think it important for their children to consider their future super power to be knowledge
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book As an environmentalist, we need to educate our youth on the importance of preservation and conservation. The Adventures of Camellia N. Under the Sea sheds light on some of our ocean’s most endangered species and helps young children learn why we need to take care of them. I have no doubt this series will make a difference and help educate future generations of change leaders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a parent and educator, I love how Camellia N.’s adventures both “educate and entertain.” This book is a true delight to read and is quickly becoming my children’s favorite bedtime adventure story. Every time we read the book, we discover more and more about the sea and all its amazing sea creatures. My daughter loves the book and especially Oscar, the little box fish who accompanies Camellia along the way. I highly recommend this book (and series) to any parent or teacher looking to open their children’s eyes to the world around them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve had the pleasure of reading both The Adventures of Camellia N. books. I love these books because they are a creative way to engage children with the environment and an opportunity for them to learn about our planet. Camellia N. allows readers of all ages to experience landscapes they might not be familiar with and learn more about its inhabitants. I was captivated by its lovely characters such as Nails, the hammerhead shark that helps Camellia N. along her journey through the ocean. I am incredibly excited for Camellia N. to explore the rainforest with new animals in her upcoming book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second in the Camellia N's adventures, is a beautiful introduction to the wonderful undersea world. Camellia's excitement and amazement at the diverse undersea community is contagious. The colorful illustrations captures the beauty of the sea and its creatures. Camellia N learns that the sea, its creatures and resources are valuable and must be protected. Children will be the ocean's future stewards and Camellia N's journey, guided by its friendly sea life, will inspire young children's love and understanding of the world's oceans and all its riches. Camellia N is the perfect ambassador of the undersea world and her adventure is perfect to read at bedtime; it should lead to wonderful dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Camellia N. “Under the Sea”, is a sharp sequel to, “The Arctic.” Again, the lead character Camellia N. takes any reader on an exciting and educational adventure. Camellia N. has really befriended adults and children readers with her intelligent and warming attitude. The writing is free and absorbing and clear-cut. The illustrations are engaging and the color schematics invite you onto each page. I’m very fond of the ocean so I appreciate this book with a deeper meaning. We need to protect our seas. Oscar the boxfish and Commander Sophia were delightful docents and companions through the book. Debbie Wideroe has done a superior job with this 2nd book, she has allowed us all to imagine and learn and to take action. I think all fans are eager for the future books. M.Mckissick
bacread More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful way to expose children to all the wonders beneath the sea! Camellia N. continues her adventures, this time meeting all sorts of interesting sea creatures. The book is gorgeous in its colors and illustrations, all the while reminding us of the importance of protecting the many endangered sea species. Perfect reading material for children of all ages. Oh.... and don't forget to have them search for the hidden crab on every page! Can't wait for Camellia N's next adventure!
penpalpooch More than 1 year ago
We could not wait until this next book in the series of Camellia N's Adventures was released! Such a great story and learning experience for children of all ages (adults too.) The illustrations are magnificent as well. Enjoy!
Rebeca Kaplan More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Camellia N. Under The Sea is beautifully illustrated and does a fantastic job at attracting and maintaining the attention of its young readers by discovering the underwater world together with Camellia. The book offers an entertaining adventure while educating its readers on the environment and the animals that live in it. Camellia N.'s character offers a great example of a female leader and is very relatable and easy to love as we go along with her and make friends with all the animals in the reef. This book inspires kids to be dreamers, leaders and kind to all living things while teaching them the importance of conserving the environment.
renee6 More than 1 year ago
As a diver, I am delighted to find a children's book that so elegantly emphasizes our effect on the underwater world. It inspires and sparks interest in sea life as Camellia meets endangered species such as hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. The book is fun for kids while also introducing them to environmental concerns. I would recommend it to all children who love our planet!
Jessica2017 More than 1 year ago
“Under the Sea” is an outstanding book for young children. Debra Wideroe sends a strong message to her readers, not only about the environment, but about gender equality. I love that Camellia’s father tucks her in bed, and that the submarine Commander is a woman. I also love that Camellia is a fearless little girl curious about the world around her. The writing is as colorful as the illustrations and is suitable for every age. I highly recommend this book.
BookWorm234 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book “The Arctic” almost every night to my kids, as well as gave it to friends and our kids’ teachers as gifts. It’s a unique blend of fact and fiction and just so fun to read and then to reread. I just received my copy of “Under the Sea” and love it even more. Camellia N. is a role model for all young children. Camellia urges readers to dream, as she does with every exciting adventure. I can’t recommend this book series enough to read, reread and dream.