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Summary: Open this board book and explore the ocean. Meet five marine animals, first the adult, then its baby. This is a book inside of a book, sized for little hands.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 4
Age of Child: Read with children ages 18 months and 3 1/2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: My one-year-old son loved to hold this book and flip the pages. My three-year-old daughter liked the sweet pictures. Both of my children enjoyed holding the book and the novelty of the little book but did not take much from the story. Once they had played with it a bit, they were done. It was not a book they asked to read over.
Adult Reader Reaction: This simple book had gorgeous pictures and the design was very pretty. I did not find that the book offered much and I had difficulty holding the outside and little book open at the same time. I quickly got frustrated at trying to hold it.
I love I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry. It introduces ocean creatures as well and isn't too sophisticated but more engaging. Sara Gillingham has a whole series of board books In My... where you can put your finger through the back of the book into the animals body and travel through where it lives. This is also a fun presentation but one I am more drawn too.
Pros: Darling pictures. Children who are fascinated with animals or the ocean will enjoy this book.
Cons: I had difficulty holding both parts of the book open at the same time and didn't feel that the story offered much to engage the reader.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is fun to play with once or twice but not a book that you are going to come back to again and again. Check it out from the library and return it when the novelty wears off.
Educational Themes: Introduce your young children to marine animals.
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.