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Summary: Using verse the author introduces children to what happens in tide pools and what types of fascinating creatures live in these seaside environments. You'll find poems (and factual material) about barnacles, shell-less sea slugs, sea urchins, sculpins, mussels, starfish, hermit crabs, anemones, and lobsters. This illustrated poetry book helps kids learn about the ocean with rhyming verse.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My friend shared this with her six-year-old daughter who loved the verse and illustrations.
Adult Reader Reaction: The art is Okay, but the real strength of Ocean Soup is the various rhyming poems and factual information about various sea creatures.
Pros: In addition to humorous poetry, the book offers readers factual information that makes learning fun. The glossary makes this more than just an entertaining picture book.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would buy this, especially the paperback version.
Educational Themes: There is lots to explore with this picture book, from different ways to present nonfiction information to marine biology, nature, and natural science.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.