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Author: Ron Hirschi

Illustrator: Kirsten Carlson

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Publisher: Arbordale Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The ocean world has seasons just like we do on land. As the sun brings more light for plants on the farm, there is more light for underwater plants. And when the days are shorter and the air gets cool, the same thing happens deep in the ocean, too. This picture book teaches children about the ocean.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 5.4

Age of Child: Shared with a Kindergarten class of 20 students.

Young Reader Reaction: The kids were very excited about the book, and they particularly liked the sea otter floating on his back.

Adult Reader Reaction: You don't really think about the ocean having seasons, so I learned a lot, too. It was very interesting, and the students seemed to love it.

Pros: Read this book before you go to the beach! It is filled with fascinating information about the ocean. It covers the cycles of plant and animal life.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a wonderful book that has great value as a story to share AND as an elementary-level guidebook for kids.


Educational Themes: This is a guidebook as much as it is a storybook. The illustrations and "cue cards" in the back make it easy for kids to identify plants and animals. You can expand your learning by using the guides the publisher offers or by going out to explore your own local water feature (river, creek, lake, pond).

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, nature, animals, seasons, geography

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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