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COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN

Author: Giles Andreae

Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

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Publisher: ME Media,

Material: paperback

Summary: Explore the undersea world by discovering what animals lie beneath! After an introductory poem, we are introduced to 16 different ocean-going animals, including crabs, sharks, dolphins and polar bears. A short, entertaining poem accompanies each colorfully illustrated page. This informational picture book introduces kids to marine life using rhyming poems.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: We read this one multiple times. My son liked the colors in this book. He related the animals to his life - the sharks on his pajamas, his brother's stuff penguin, etc.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is entertaining but misleading from a biological standpoint. I didn't like it. Some of the information is educational: the turtles are crawling on the sand, the crabs walk sideways, etc. Some is misleading: the reasons why they do these things may be anthropomorphized through conjecture not based on science. Some of the information is downright incorrect: swordfish do not spear their prey and stingrays' barbs are not located at the tips (end) of the tail. *Disclaimer: I have a biology background and my grandfather was a marine biologist, so I am more sensitive to inaccuracies in ocean life depictions.

Pros: Colorful drawings and entertaining content will engage young children as they learn about marine life.

Cons: The drawings and text are inaccurate to scientific evidence. The text is not sophisticated.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. I don't like reading books to my children that provide misleading information about the natural world.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OCEAN SOUP: TIDE POOL POEMS   GET INSIDE THE SEA   GONE FISHING: OCEAN LIFE BY THE NUMBERS

Educational Themes: There is potential for kids to learn about marine life, but the inaccurate data eliminates its usefulness for young audiences. That said, you could use the book to demonstrate poetry forms.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animal characters, poetry, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2012

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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