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OVER IN THE OCEAN: IN A CORAL REEF

Author: Marianne Berkes

Illustrator: Jeanette Canyon

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Publisher: Dawn Publications,

Material: paperback

Summary: This wonderfully illustrated counting book portrays a variety of colorful ocean life. On each spread there is an underwater mother fish and her young, from 1 to 10, each with a short rhyme. This picture book is an undesea counting book that also introduces readers to ocean life.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Read with boys 2 and 4 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: The boys liked this book. The pages were colorful with lots to see, but they weren't overwhelming. They both wanted to read it again, and my older son made associations between the illustrations here and other books. He also asked "what is that" about the other elements of the page. My 2-year-old is starting to learn to count, and the illustrations made counting fun.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved this book. The photographs of polymer-clay murals were phenomenal. Brightly colored and just very cool! This book was intelligently created in both pictures and words.

Pros: Bright illustrations, short text, bonus material about teaching kids how to count, and "behind the scenes" looks at how the book was created make this book stand out.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a delightful book you will want to read over and over and over. There is so much to learn in it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Birdscapes by Miyoko Chu IF A DOLPHIN WERE A FISH   HERMIT CRAB'S HOME   OCEAN SOUP: TIDE POOL POEMS

Educational Themes: There are lots of things to do with this book in addition to counting. You can explore the biology of sea life; and the rhyming lets you make it a musical story. The clay artwork may inspire kids to create their own works of art.

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, animals, rhyme, counting, math

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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