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    1. Swimmy (Knopf Children's Paperbacks)
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    2. Mister Seahorse
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    3. Baby Beluga (Raffi. Raffi Songs
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    4. The Magic School Bus on the Ocean
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    5. A House for Hermit Crab
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    6. Squishy Turtle and Friends (Coth
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    7. Wish for a Fish : All About Sea
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    8. I'm a Manatee : (Book and CD)
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    9. Dolphins At Daybreak (Magic Tree
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    10. What Lives in a Shell? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out
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    11. Grasper: A Young Crab's Discovery
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    12. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue
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    13. My Visit to the Aquarium
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    14. The Giraffe and the Pelly and
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    15. Out of the Ocean
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    16. Disney: Finding Nemo (Interactive
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    17. The Whale (Lighthouse Family,
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    18. Whales (National Geographic Action
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    19. Coral Reef Coloring Book
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    20. The Deep-Sea Floor (Charlesbridge)

    1. Swimmy (Knopf Children's Paperbacks)
    by LEO LIONNI
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    Asin: 0394826205
    Catlog: Book (1973-04-12)
    Publisher: Dragonfly Books
    Sales Rank: 19599
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Illus. in color. "An exquisite picture book. A little fish, the lone survivor of a school of fish swallowed by a tuna, devises a plan to camouflage himself and his new companions."--(starred) School Library Journal. ... Read more

    Reviews (16)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Swimmy
    Who couldn't love the adorable fish that devises the perfect plan. At first this tiny little black fish is the only survivor of his large group of red fish. All alone he sets off to explore the ocean I love how Leo Lionni describes the sea animals Swimmy meets along the way. "The sea anemones, who look like pink palm trees swaying in the wind" and "an eel whose tail was almost too far away remember." Finally Swimmy meets up with another group of friends but they are afraid to explore the ocean like Swimmy does. So Swimmy devises a plan where all the fish group together in the shape of a large fish with Swimmy as the eye. All together they are safe from danger. This book teaches children do many great lessons. It shows them how when you work together you can do anything! This is an excellent book to use in classrooms with young children!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Swimmy is a fantastic, inspiring fish for all ages!
    This book is a must for every child's library. There are so many topics of discussion that can be brought out with just this one book. Friendship, courage, cooperation, and the ocean life are just a few. If you are a teacher, or have young children, this book is a must.

    Note to teachers: I use this during my ocean unit in kindergarten. We then make an ocean mural. Every child makes a red fish and I make a black fish, which is Swimmy. We then work together to make all of our fish look like one big fish. The children love it!

    1-0 out of 5 stars I didn't like how the fish are eaten at the beginning.
    I bought this book because the author is famous and it is award-winning. I don't like it at all, however, because at the beginning of the book all the little fish (except Swimmy) are eaten by a big fish. Basically they are all killed, which I thought was heavy stuff for a kid's book.
    I am not against the concept of death in a kid's book, but I think it should be handled very carefully. Swimmy is similar to the movie Little Nemo--the death scene is unnecessary and disturbing.
    I wish I hadn't bought this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's like Rainbow Fish. Only good.
    Ah, Swimmy. You charming little guppy. This books wins the award for Subtlest-Book-About-Diversity for 1963. It is wholly and entirely charming. Swimmy is the only little fish amongst his brothers and sisters who was born black instead of red. A faster fish than all of them, Swimmy has the mixed blessing of being able to out swim a big fish that has come to devour his family. Poor Swimmy is left all alone in the world, but his sadness doesn't last for very long. The undersea world is full of wonders, including medusas made of rainbow jelly, a forest of seaweeds growing from sugar candy rocks, and sea anemones that look like, "pink palm trees swaying in the wind". When Swimmy stumbles across another group of small red fish, his quick thinking helps them to band together to fight the larger fish in the sea.

    For any kid that loved "Finding Nemo", I think this book would be an excellent companion. The lesson is twofold. One is that when people band together they can fight the unnaturally large problems facing them. Another is that being different, like Swimmy, can be a wonderful thing. I'm sure you're going to read reviews from people decrying this book as Communist propaganda (after all, it's a bunch of red fish finding strength in numbers to defeat the more powerful members of society that were previously eating them), and that's fine. It could definitely be read that way, and there's nothing wrong with that. But for those of you who feel that the book was probably meant to be read as a story for children and that's that, you're undoubtedly more correct.

    Leo Lionni is a magnificent artist, by the way. No one draws jellyfish with as much light and airy oomph as he does. The sea's wonders are all alight here, with little black Swimmy eyeing each and every one. There's a beauty to these watercolors that is difficult to find anywhere else. Even today, with our high tech picture book wizardry and computer generated images, nothing looks as pleasing to the eye as Lionni's tendrils of swaying anemones. Originally published in 1963, the book has not aged. Looking at it today, it never will.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific for all ages
    Here is the perfect primer for teaching young people about the importance of organizing! Grassroots politics at its best! ... Read more


    2. Mister Seahorse
    by Eric Carle
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    Asin: 0399242694
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Philomel Books
    Sales Rank: 429
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Are you ready for a scintillating seahorse fact? The father seahorse isthe one who carries the mother's eggs around in his pouch before theyhatch. In Mister Seahorse, master collage artistEric Carleteaches preschoolers this lesson and introduces them to a few other fishwho bear the traditionally maternal burden of caring for eggs: thestickleback, tilapia, Kurtus nurseryfish (known here as Mr. Kurtus),pipefish, and bullhead catfish. As ever, it's Carle's art that stealsthe show. Cut-up tissue paper soaks up the watery paint and makes for aboldly colorful, almost jewel-like undersea journey. The story? Well,repetition is the heart of instruction, after all.

    Most of Carle's books employ some sort of gizmo or gadget--and this oneis no exception. Here, for a splendid lesson in camouflage, colorfulacetate sheets mask marine life that is revealed as the child turns thepage. Children may take comfort in the devotion of these underseafathers...except perhaps at the very end when the father seahorse saysto a freshly hatched sea-pony who wants back in the pouch: "I dolove you, but now you are ready to be on your own." (Preschool)--Karin Snelson ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ERIC CARLE BOTH ENCHANTS AND ILLUMINATES
    We first met Eric Carle through the pages of The Hungry Caterpillar, and we've been devoted fans from that day to this. As an author/illustrator his enthusiasm and imagination never ebb as he again fashions collage illustrations that catch and hold our eyes. Seahorse is one more achievement.

    Basing his witty and informative tale on fact young readers are introduced to Mr. Seahorse, a fish father who looks after his young. It is, of course, Mrs. Seahorse who lays the eggs, right in Mr. Seahorse's pouch.

    Mr. Seahorse is not the only fish father (we might think of him as a house husband) in his watery world - there's also Mr. Bullhead, Mr. Pipe, and Mr. Kurtus.

    As always, Eric Carle both enchants and illuminates.

    - Gail Cooke

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork, beautiful story
    The luminious collage artwork and sweet story line don't leave anything to be desired. A wonderful addition to young libraries, and a great way for dads and their children to spend time together.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Eric Carle does it again!
    Perhaps it's the watery images or my love for the ocean that drew my heart, but I love this book! Mister Seahorse is a winner, even if the younger ones don't fully grasp the depth of meaning Carle intended. Children innately sense the mystery of life because they themselves know they came from someone, too.
    And, like the little baby seahorse, one day they will need to be on their own also. As Crush, the lovable sea turtle in Finding Nemo says, "Sweet, totally."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
    We are huge fans of Eric Carle's books, but the storyline did not flow well at all. It was over my child's head, although he loves the pictures which are beautifully done. I agree with the other reviewer--the story ended abruptly and just wasn't as well written as his other books.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork...disappointing storyline
    Mr. Seahorse and Mrs. Seahorse are going to be parents! Mrs. Seahorse lays the eggs in Mr. Seahorse's pouch and then he has the job of taking care of those eggs until they hatch. As he waits, he meets several other father fish who are in charge of their eggs or babies. In the end, the babies successfully leave Mr. Seahorse and his life goes back to "normal." This is a beautiful book--in typical Eric Carle style--with amazing artwork and soft colors befitting the ocean. The storyline, however, leaves much to be desired. It's a unique idea, as this book tackles various creatures of the sea that usually don't get specific mention in picture books, but the method falls short of it's potential. The ending is quite abrupt, and readers will feel something is missing. Overall I was disappointed with this book. ... Read more


    3. Baby Beluga (Raffi. Raffi Songs to Read.)
    by RAFFI
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    Asin: 0517709775
    Catlog: Book (1997-08-12)
    Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 8259
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Illus. in full color. "The song about this small white whale has as its hero

    the best loved of Raffi's creations. Children will get a first, cheerful lesson

    about the natural world by becoming acquainted with enchanting Baby Beluga. The

    illustrations are a joy, and the song's rhythm and rhyme make it easy to

    remember and sing."--School Library Journal




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    4-0 out of 5 stars Make the song come to life with pictures
    My sons love Raffi music and videos. We have checked out all of his "song" books at the library so I decided to buy a few of them for our own use. My guys grab the books when they hear the song and like me to turn the pages with the music. My only complaint is that the library editions had the music and words at the back, whereas the board books do not, so if you can carry a tune but haven't heard the song, you won't know the rhythm of the music. But these books are still great for reading, even if you don't know the tune. And if you have Raffi music in the car, include this book for the back seat passengers to "read" while the music is playing.

    Baby Beluga has delightful illustrations of "sea creatures" (whales, penguins, etc) as well as making the song personal by including a young eskimo child in the book. Most children are fans of whales, seals and the like anyways, but parents should enjoy reading this book to their children. It's easy to read, with clear, large print and simple pictures. Great for the toddler age to read or sing along and the short enough for the under 18 months crowd. And while the animals are not labeled, it would be perfect for a before and after book if you take young children to an aquarium or zoo.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful book, but combined with music, its IRRESISTIBLE!
    "Baby Beluga" tells the story of a little Beluga Whales daily adventures in the "deep blue sea." The beautiful illustrations and charming story captured my attention instantly. Not familiar with Raffi, and his music, I was unaware of the popularity of the song, by the same title, until noticing the back cover, where it is mentioned. I have since purchased the CD, and CAN NO LONGER read this book; I have to SING it! "Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea, swim so wild and you swim so free. Heaven above and the sea below, and a little white whale on the go."

    The editorial comments regarding Ashley Wolff's illustrations are harsh. As an artist, I regard the work to be first-rate! The mostly analogous color palette (ocean blues and greens) is bright and true to life, while the expressions are communicative and warm. Perhaps, a little more contrast between the Beluga Whales and the sea is in order, but that is a personal preference. Besides, compared to ANY of the severely cold computer-generated images available in books today, the illustrations in this book are superior. "Baby Beluga" is a delightful book independently, although, combined with the music; it is IRRESISTIBLE! One-year and up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome children's book
    This book is soooooooo.... cute. My daughter loved it! This has become one of her favorite animals.... A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR EVERY CHILDS LIBRARY. Also in the back of the book are the words and music notes. A great children's book, beautiful pictures, and simple to read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars We love baby beluga
    My daughter loves this book. Loves the variety of sea animals and the like. I'm just wondering if anyone knows what the animal is with the unicorn horn sticking out of its head. ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only thing missing is the music!
    My two year old daughter LOVES this book/song. My only complaint is that in this book, the music isn't included at the end (Raffi's "Wheels on the Bus" song to read has the sheet music included on the last page). Without also owning the "Baby Beluga" Raffi CD, we wouldn't know the tune. Other than that, it's great. ... Read more


    4. The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor (Magic School Bus (Paperback))
    by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen
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    Asin: 0590414313
    Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
    Publisher: Unknown
    Sales Rank: 4487
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    On another special field trip on the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class learns about the ocean and the different creatures that live there. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 20,000 Leaks Under the Sea
    At this point, Ms. Frizzle and her class have explored things like the waterworks, the many layers of the earth, the human body, and even outer space. So it's only natural that Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen would decide to lead their readers on an under-sea adventure. "The Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor" is another top-notch collaboration by two people who show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

    Written in 1992, "On the Ocean Floor" picks up where "Lost in the Solar System" left off. Ms. Frizzle's students are working on their ocean science projects, which makes their teacher very happy. However, it makes them hot and tired; the temperature on this day is soaring!

    "I wish we could go swimming," comments one student while putting the finishing touches on a display about how ocean animals swim.

    "As a matter of fact, children," says the Friz, "I've been planning a class trip to the ocean for tomorrow."

    And, just like that, the class - as well as the reader at home - is being whisked away on yet another magical field trip. The kids think they're just going to spend a day having fun in the sun, but Ms. Frizzle has other ideas!

    "On the Ocean Floor" rivals "Inside the Human Body" for the amount of information - not to mention good-natured humor - packed into one 48-page book. Just about everything you can imagine - and anything you can't - is touched on in this compelling romp through the heart of the ocean. At the end of Ms. Frizzle's latest underwater voyage, you will have a better understanding of what hidden treasures abound in the deep blue sea.

    Ms. Frizzle's class learns all about ocean life; the kids come across things such as barnacles, grunts, limpets, sponges, sugar kelp, tubeworms, and whelks. More familiar entities include coral reefs, dolphins, lobsters, plankton, sharks, tunas, and whales. The students explore high tides, low tides, continental shelves, continental slopes, the ocean floor, hot-water vents, and waves. And I'm only bobbing the surface of what Ms. Frizzle has lined up for her class.

    The end of the book leaves us with two things: 1) a little quiz distinguishing what things were true in the story and what things were made up; and 2) another clue as to what the Friz's next adventure will entail. From the looks of it, her idea of a field trip is so old, it's practically prehistoric!

    As so often happens, it is common for the things we love in life to grow stale. Rarely does a book series get better with age. But Cole and Degen have managed to do just that. With each "Magic School Bus" story they produce, the product becomes more polished. I had never heard of even half the things this tale delves into, and I thoroughly enjoyed absorbing myself in the read. "On the Ocean Floor" is yet another high-quality effort from two people who wouldn't settle for anything less.

    The fifth book in this wonderful series is definitely a keeper, as are the four volumes that precede it. Do yourself a favor, and take a ride on the magic school bus!

    As Ms. Frizzle herself would say, "Wahoo!"

    4-0 out of 5 stars Minus One for Lenny
    Humorous, engaging, and packed with information, this best-selling science series is aptly illustrated with lively pictures. My kids adore the cartoon bubbles and short "reports" from the students in the story. Their teacher, Ms Frizzle, is an amazing character who challenges her pupils and leads them on amazing fieldtrips. Her equally fascinating wardrobe changes with each subject and situation. All this has made it a read-aloud favorite since my eldest was three. In ON THE OCEAN FLOOR, the inimitable school bus undergoes several transformations as it transports us to and through the ocean; from tidal pools, down to the deep ocean floor, and, after a brief visit to a tropical island, home. I was touched by the inclusion of a specimen of fish, well known in my home state of Hawaii. However, I must say OUR lifeguards are nothing like Lenny, who, unlike the rest of the book, is definitely lacking on several points. Real lifeguards patrol their strip of beach and keep watch over the waters from their perch. They also patiently answer my children`s questions about the local sea life (most recently, about jellyfish) and just as patiently patch up even the smallest of "boo-boos." Minus one star for Lenny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage!
    Another triumph for the Magic School Bus series. The class takes a field trip to the ocean (not the beach; the ocean) where they learn about the wondrous creatures that live there. Everything from plankton to mammals, including the strange lifeforms around hot water vents, is touched on in this fabulous book. The inserts on each page from the kids' projects add valuable information. The science is current and presented in an entertaining and easy-to-understand manner. Even though the series is designed for older kids, my two-year-old loves the pictures and carries the book with him everywhere. ... Read more


    5. A House for Hermit Crab
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    Asin: 0689848943
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 12413
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    Poor Hermit Crab! He's outgrown his snug little shell, so he finds himself a larger one -- and many new friends to decorate and protect his new house. But what will happen when he outgrows this shell, and has to say good-bye to all the sea creatures who have made Hermit Crab's house a home?

    Children facing change in their own lives will relate to Hermit Crab's story -- and learn a lot about the fascinating world of marine life along the way. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A House for Hermit Crab
    'A House for Hermit Crab' is about Hermit, the Crab, is looking for a nice, new, and especially, comfortable, new home to live in. When he finally finds his knew house, he decides it needs a few things to perk it up a bit. Along the way, he meets a few friends who help him very much. The lesson that this book teaches people is that; it teaches to never give up hope in finding something that you need, because if you're not looking hard enough, it would be right in your face and you wouldn't see it. It also teaches that friends are always there if you ask for them. The age for this book would be about 1st ' 2nd grade. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the ways sea creatures help each other.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A House for Hermit Crab
    In my own opinion i think that "A House for Hermit Crab" is a good childrens book. I would definetly recommend it to kids. I, myself enjoyed reading this book, so im sure that children would too. The book is about a hermit crab that grows out of his shell and looks for a year to find different things to decorate, protect, and clean his shell. He finds a another little hermit crab that is in need of a shell too, so Hermit Crab gives him his shell and tells him to take good care of his friends. This is a story of friendship and growing up. Its a cute story, and i advise you to read it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A House for Hermit Crab
    The book A House for Hermit Crab I thought was a great childrens book. It was about this Hermit Crab that lives in a shell but soon grows out of it so one day he makes up his mind to go and try to find a new shell that would fit. As hes out adventuring he finds a shell that fits but its too plan he thinks. As he goes on with his shell he finds all these plants and other items that will make his shell pretty and better looking to him. He soon builds a wall up around his shell and then after all that work he grew out of that shell because getting all those things took a year. Then another hermit crab comes and says that she was out grown her shell too so he give his shell to her and he makes her promike that she will take care of all her friends that are attached to the shell. Now he goes on to find a new shell for himself but like before the shell that he found was a little to plan so he thinks hes going to find some more things to put on it hes excited to do this because he remembered what good friends he made last time.
    I would definitely recmmend this book to any child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for ALL ages!
    This book is so good - and a wonderful allegory for anybody facing a life change. A child will enjoy the simple story of a hermit crab looking to decorate his shell, and all the creatures who agree to help him. But the sub-context of change - and greeting it with enthusiasm - is what draws me to this book. I plan on buying it for my son when he enters kindergarten this fall, and will give it to others who will be facing similar challenges.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A House for Hermit Crab
    You will enjoy reading about this crab who takes his time in selecting just the right house. "A House for Hermit Crab" encourages reasoning and thinking skills for the young listener (aged 2-6). This book will help give your Eric Carle library a new protective shell. ... Read more


    6. Squishy Turtle and Friends (Coth Books)
    by Roger Priddy
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    Asin: 0312491840
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Priddy Books
    Sales Rank: 27052
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    -Ideal for babies and toddlers.

    -Textured fabrics and bright colors help to develop children's sensory awareness.

    -Rhyming text helps kids improve their listening skills.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a baby rhyme book we can BOTH enjoy
    We received "Squishy Turtle and Friends" as a Christmas present for our 9 month old and it is one of his favorite books -- and mine too. Each sea creature is interestingly textured and the short, 2 line rhymes on each of the 8 pages are clever and I actually enjoy reading them out loud. Of course, he loves to linger on each page and feel the terry cloth starfish or pull back the pink plastic oyster shell, revealing a pearl. I found myself going crazy over some of the silly rhyming books I was reading over and over, and while he doesn't appreciate the cleverness of the rhymes in Squishy Turtle, I can, and that makes a big difference!

    "Little fish with shiny scales
    are fleeing from alarming whales!"

    Doesn't get much better than that. And finally, it's a cloth book, so he can eat it when we get finished reading it! ... Read more


    7. Wish for a Fish : All About Sea Creatures (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
    by BONNIE WORTH
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    Asin: 0679891161
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-06)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 80760
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    From the tiniest krill to the large gray whale, ocean creatures swim madly through Wish for a Fish--you'll be impressed with just how much information gets packed into the clever Seuss-style rhymes. Cat in the Hat, aboard the S.S. Undersea Glubber, narrates this fact-filled story of life under the sea, along with sidekicks Thing One and Thing Two. You'll learn all about the ocean's food chain, different light zones, and fascinating information about the large mammals that live there. The phonics-based word patterns make excellent early reading practice for any little beachcomber. How can you go wrong with catchy paragraphs like "baleen fills the blue whale's mouth like a grill. As water flows through it, it strains out the krill?" --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish for a Fish
    Dr Seuss books have done it again. In this magical adventure you get to learn about all kids of sea creatures and the different levels of the ocean. It is a must have for anyone who has children tha love Marine Life. My daughter has this book memorized from cover to cover and it is so factual. I highly recommend this book to any parent or educator. Not only is it fun, but very educational. I learned a lot also! ... Read more


    8. I'm a Manatee : (Book and CD)
    by John Lithgow
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    Asin: 0689854277
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
    Sales Rank: 4845
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Not blessed with the adorable good looks of a koala, the mythic mystery of a dinosaur, or even the useful familiarity of a dog, the manatee is an infrequent hero in the world of children's literature. It doesn't help matters that the poor thing has a name that's so difficult to rhyme. But the unnamed hero of John Lithgow and Ard Hoyt's I'm a Manatee (really, a boy dreaming he is a manatee) sees plenty of upside to the life of the animal that's been indelicately nicknamed the "cow of the sea." And when rhymes are unavailable to state his case, he simply makes some up: "Encumbered by my lumbering gigan-atee,/ I'm thought to be an ocean-going brute!/ The least appealing creature on the planet-ee,/ But to a manatee, I'm cute!" The words in the book are the same as the lyrics in the song version of I'm a Manatee, which is included on an enclosed CD featuring a singing Lithgow as well as in musical notation in the back of the book. The verses sound more natural in their original musical form than they do read aloud in the pages of the book where they can clunk a bit. Still, there's much to like about in this aquatic flight of fancy, including the kind of wordplay moms and dads will enjoy (very few kids' books contain the phrase "immune from human folly and inanity") and Hoyt's illustrations of the title animal, which manages to be simultaneously homely and adorable. (Ages 4 to 8) --John Moe ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars How does he do that!?!?!?!
    How does John Lithgow manage to teach such an important concept in such a fun way. My daughter was introduced to Mantees for the first time in this book and she ended up adoring them. The book has a couple pages of illustration that subtly introduce the plight of the Manatee and why they are endangered. I chose to take that opportunity to educate my daughter on why Manatees are endangered.

    We are planning a trip to Sea World so she can see Mantees and she is thrilled. Thank you John Lithgow for your excellent educational, extremely fun books. Keep them coming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
    I watched John Lithgow "sing" this book to a group of children on TV (the Early Show, CBS 10/21/03) and they were enchanted by the clever words, the imaginative story and the catchy tune Lithgow created. I can't wait to add this book to my collection! And I don't even have children! John Lithgow is a genious!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The CD song brings this adventure to life
    This book/cd combination brings a delightful musical interlude to this story of a little boy who dreams of becoming a manatee, and embarks on an underwater adventure. The CD song brings his adventure to life in this title especially recommended for parents for read-aloud and multimedia pleasure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lithgow pens another hit!
    I saw this book and could not resist it. Being a lover of "Marsuial Sue," and a manatee fanatic, I had to get it. The book is so witty. John Lithgow is a remarkable linguist. The music is also very cute, and the illustrations are adorable. I highly recommend this book, as well as other Lithgow titles. I promise you'll enjoy them =) ... Read more


    9. Dolphins At Daybreak (Magic Tree House 9, paper)
    by MARY POPE OSBORNE
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    Asin: 067988338X
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-29)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 14042
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Morgan le Fay will make Jack and Annie masters of the tree house if only

    they can solve four riddles -- which will take four books, of course!

    Dolphins at Daybreak begins the third set of four books in this magical

    (and increasingly popular) series!Jack and Annie are off in the Magic Tree

    House again, this time to a whole new world under the ocean.Complete with a

    giant octopus, a hungry shark, and dolphins to the rescue, this Magic Tree

    House book delivers an underwater adventure kids can dream about.




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    3-0 out of 5 stars Dolphins is best in Magic Tree House series
    I think this book is the best in the Magic Tree House series. My favorite part was when Jack and Annie saw a hammerhead shark. Matthew, age 7

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dophins At Daybreak (Magic Tree House Series)
    My name is Stephanie and I think that you should read this book. Here is why. Jack and Annie fly off in the magic tree house to an ocean. There they find a boat to go inside. Jack starts studying the boat while Annie plays on the computer. She accidentally presses a button that makes the boat drop down into the ocean and sail. Holly cow! It is a mini submarine! They run into a shark, but their new dolphin friends save the day. Join Jack and Annie in their search for the mystery item that will allow them to return home. Will they ever find it and return home? You'll have to read this book to find out. I think you'll love this book. I know that I did. Happy reading!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
    I love this book because there's a shark, and Annie & Jack escape from it. That's the best part. You know why? Because they're stuck in a submarine, and it sinks but they escape from the shark and the sub. And then they get to the coral island. What happens next is a surprise for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I like this book
    I would give this book five stars because I love the sea and sea animals.I love them because they are nice.I love magic tree house books because they are interesting.Sea animals are very good to learn about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The magic tree house #9
    Doliphins at Daybreak is about to kids Jack and Annie. Jack is sometimes mean to Annie. Jack does not like to do eneything. Annie likes to do lots of stuff.They also have a dog teddy.Teddy always gets lost. Ilike their dog teddy.
    On this inventer they go to the ocean. They see lots of different creatures. They see Doliphins,sharks,hammer heads,and octopus.
    The sharks try to eat Jack and Annie!! Then the Doliphins come to the reasue and fight the sharks. At the end of the book they get to ride on the Doliphins.
    Then they find the tree house.And they make their journey home. ... Read more


    10. What Lives in a Shell? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
    by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
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    Asin: 0064451240
    Catlog: Book (1994-05-30)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 38604
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    Book Description

    What makes a shell like a house?

    A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. In this book you'll learn all about these and other crustaceous creatures, for whom a shell is just the right sort of home.

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    11. Grasper: A Young Crab's Discovery
    by Paul Owen Lewis
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    Asin: 1883672988
    Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
    Publisher: Tricycle Press
    Sales Rank: 224030
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Review by a seven year old boy
    I think "Grasper" is a great book. I'm only seven and I never had to stop once. If you want a book with good illustrations and pictures...Grasper's the one! ... Read more


    12. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale
    by Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 0735810095
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Nord-Sud Verlag
    Sales Rank: 260418
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Now Rainbow Fish's third exciting adventure is available in a mini book and audio cassette package to delight his legion of fans. It's a whale of a tale in which a terrible misunderstanding escalates, putting Rainbow Fish and his friends in great danger, and Rainbow Fish must try to make peace with a big blue whale to save them all from disaster.

    Children will be enchanted by the glittering holographic foil-stamped illustrations as they listen to the spirited reading by Blair Brown, the multitalented star of stage, screen, and television. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale ~ Marcus Pfister
    THis is a good book on not judging people by the first impression. PEople thses days have to learn not to judge epople by looks. Just becasue someone looks different doesn't mean they are different. IF someone is bigger than you, it doesn't make them a bully. A lot of people make stereotype's and think people are mean because of their size. Yet they have to that it whats on the inside that counts.

    We all judge people at one time or another, its natural. We just have to learn to except people for who they are. I like this book because it shows how people treat others in modern life. This book shows how to except others. I also like it because judging is not a good think, it the good qualities we need to look for i a person, not the bad ones.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale
    This book, a continuation of the Rainbow Fish series, is about a group of fish with shiny scales. They live near a Coral reef and eat all the krill they want. One day, a big blue whale came. He started eating the krill, and staring at the fish. The fish are afraid that they will become whale food! How will Rainbow Fish and his friends deal with the whale? Read this book by Marcus Pfister to find out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars lots of lessons taught
    I love this story. ... I think it teaches lots of lessons. For example, it teaches how it is wrong to make snap judgements about others. It also teaches how to work out differences, and meet with people that are different.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another great Rainbow Fish story
    I love reading Rainbow Fish to my son. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories carry wonderful social lessons. I especially like this "big board book" copy. No easily ripped pages for little hands.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Big and Little Need to Cooperate to Prosper!
    Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale is the third in the Rainbow Fish series. In the first book, Rainbow Fish has to learn to share his glittering scales in order to be accepted. In the second book, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue, Rainbow Fish learns to help those in need, even if they are different. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale builds on the theme of Rainbow Fish to the Rescue . . . except by exploring differences on a larger scale. The book features the same beautiful illustrations and glittering highlights that made the first two books so much fun to look at.

    Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale is based on a misunderstanding. The fish and the whale are both attracted by the krill (small shrimp-like creatures) that live near the reef. The whale also enjoys seeing the sparkling highlights on the fish. One of the fish develops a fear of the whale. When the whale comes close one day, the jagged fin fish says, "Look out! . . . The wicked whale is after us!"

    The whale's feelings are hurt, and the whale becomes angry. The whale chases the fish into a cavern and waves its tail so violently that the krill are dispersed. Soon, whale and fish are hungry.

    Rainbow fish overcomes his fear. "We must make peace with the whale." "Please let's talk." "This fight was all a big mistake. It drove off the krill and now we're all hungry."

    The whale makes peace. "Come now! said the whale." "Let's find new hunting grounds." "And before long, none of them could remember what the terrible fight had been about."

    The story is a good one to read to both older and younger siblings. For the older ones, it shows the importance of not being threatening. For the younger ones, the lesson is to assume that size does not mean menace . . . even when it feels intimidating. For both children, the book explores that words can hurt, and have unpleasant consequences. The benefits of being considerate and sharing are also displayed. For me, this book contained all of the best elements of the first two books while reminding the reader of them by the visual cues of shared sparkles on all but the striped fish.

    Children who are afraid of anger will probably want to avoid this book, although most should be fine with it by the recommended ages of 5 and higher. I suspect that most 4 year olds would love it.

    Where else do large and small have to cooperate? You might want to share those examples with your child in order to create a more complementary view of how the world can work.

    Seek ways to build strengths from differences!

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    13. My Visit to the Aquarium
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    Asin: 0064461866
    Catlog: Book (1996-04-30)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 184970
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    ‘Children and adults of various ages, races, and physical abilities tour a public aquarium to look at many of the world’s marine creatures. The language is almost lyrical…[and] the story is alive with color and action.’—SLJ. ‘A versatile author at her best.… In the large, cheerful illustrations, action-filled spreads are varied with portrait vignettes, and underwater scenes with the visitors’ enthusiastic responses.’—K.

    Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1994 (NSTA/CBC)
    1993 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)
    1996 Garden State (NJ) Children's Nonfiction Award
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent to introduce young children to visiting aquariums.
    My son is almost 3 and loves to read this book along with me. We have supplemented this book with actual "field trips" to a local aquarium and he enjoys the relationship between what we read and what we see. The author has included many interesting and informative facts without "going over" the little ones' heads. We recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated trip to the Aquarium.
    My visit to the Aquarium captures the feeling of being at the Aquarium with its beautiful illustrations. The author has very thoughtfully included a diverse gathering of people who visit this Aquarium, including a young girl who is using a wheelchair. There is so much information to teach a child who is reading this book about fish, sealife nad other water resources. My daughter exclaims her excitement when looking at the illustrations in this book. It is truly a visit to the Aquarium with out ever having to leave the house. We have renewed this book three times from the library and have decided to add it to our perminent collection since it is liked by every member of the family, adults as well as children. We know you'll love it too

    5-0 out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful book for the entire family !
    Akiki's 'My Visit to the Aquarium' is another wonderful addition in her series of children's books about nature and science. For us, it became the inspiration to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium while on vacation in California. I can still recall my six year old son's excitement as he acted as our "tour giude" from the knowledge he gained from this book. Beautifully illustrated. ... Read more


    14. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
    by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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    Asin: 0141302283
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Sales Rank: 42397
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    When Billy joins the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, he gets a lot more than a new job. First he makes three new friends, then it's time to get to work cleaning all 677 windows of the Duke of Hampshire's house. The Duke is not only the most wealthy man in the country, he's also the most generous. Can he make Billy's lifelong dream come true? "A captivating story and a wonderful read-aloud."-- The Horn Book ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A totally cool window cleaning company!!!
    It's about a very special window cleaning company who doesn't use ladders. The girrafe is the ladder ,the pelly is the bucket, and the monkey cleans the windows.It's a very funny book!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Great Book!
    The Giraffe, the Pelly, and Me is a great book because it's funny and exciting. Especially since there are animals in it. I read it in two days because it's an eye-sticking book. (meaning you can't keep your eyes off it) It starts off dull, but it keeps getting more exciting as the book goes on. By the time you're done, you will be glad you read it. The story starts off as a boy wanting to go inside an old FOR SALE candy store and always dreams of buying it. To find out if he ever gets inside it, you have to read the book. I also recommened reading it at school. I'm sure you'll love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pure Delight!
    I have been a Ronald Dahl fan since I was a kid. As a child, I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel. I recently discovered The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me.

    It is pure delight! The characters, and plot are fun and unexpected. It is full of humor and surprises. Good and silly to the very last page. My children loved it.

    As a mom, I love that Ronald Dahl does not 'talk down' to children in his books. The vocabulary is rich and flows beautifully.

    Fun for any age, I recommend it especially for a family read aloud.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Book is Great
    The book" The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me" was an exciting one. In my opinion it was funny and it had a lot of things going on in it.
    The story is about a young boy who wants to own an old grubber shop, which is another word for candy store. The grubber shop was sold to The Ladderless Window Cleaning Company, which are a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey. The boy made friends with The Ladderless Window cleaning Company group and was invited to join the compnay as their business manager. The company gets a job washing the Duke's palace windows. While cleaning the windows they see a robber with a pistol on the third floor. They stop him from stealing some jewels and had him arrested. The Duke gave each of them a rich reward of the one thing each had always wanted.
    I would recommend this book to other fourth graders and younger readers too' because it makes you feel nice. The author gives good details and has a magical feel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not typical Dahl, but that's not a bad thing
    Bizarrely, for a Dahl story, there are no grisly deaths, no giant bugs and no magic. A giraffe, a pelican and a monkey open a ladderless window cleaning company, and eventually a young boy gets to open his own candy store. A great big oversized book (mine is, the new one's not), full of terrific drawings and much fun. ... Read more


    15. Out of the Ocean
    by Debra Frasier
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    Asin: 0152163549
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Voyager Books
    Sales Rank: 558934
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Open this book and you'll be walking along the ocean shore, looking for all kinds of special things. Some will be small enough to fit in your hand--like shells and sea glass. Others--like the sun and the sky and the waves--will be too big to carry home. But no matter what your journey holds, you'll soon learn that looking for the ocean's treasures can be as important as finding them.
    Debra Frasier, author-illustrator of the bestselling On the Day You Were Born, invites you along on this beach journey of discovery.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars As deep as the ocean itself
    In a time of mushrooming materialism and tearing technomania, this delightful book for all ages pays homage to life's precious treasures that can be so easily taken for granted if we are not careful to notice them. Debra Frasier's enchanting collages combine cutouts, photographs, and words to eloquently remind us of the simple pleasures that are right under our noses if we remain open and take a moment to appreciate them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A joyous celebration of simple treasures.
    This is a very sweet book for any age, any setting, to read over and over. I'm buying a stack to use as gifts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Photos - Great lesson for kids!
    Awsome photos and collage art make this a visually stimulating book for children. The second graders in my class loved it and clearly understood the deeper meaning of appreciating all of the gifts we receive each day - sunrise, air, water, etc. ... Read more


    16. Disney: Finding Nemo (Interactive Sound Book)
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    Asin: 0785384200
    Catlog: Book (2003-04)
    Publisher: Publications International
    Sales Rank: 312652
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    Book Description

    More than 15 sound buttons guide children through this interactive storybook as a star character leads the way. An interactive game and game board are included for extra playtime fun. ... Read more


    17. The Whale (Lighthouse Family, The)
    by Cynthia Rylant
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    Asin: 0689848838
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 239284
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Pandora, Seabold, Whistler, Lila, and Tiny have all been enjoying the love and comfort that being a family brings. It is a comfort they are unexpectedly reminded of when Whistler and Lila hear the cries of a lonely baby beluga whale named Sebastian. When they learn that he has lost his mama, the Lighthouse Family, with the help of a cranky but noble old cormorant named Huck, does all it can to bring Sebastian and his mother together again. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing New Book for Young Readers
    Pandora the cat; Seabold the dog; and Whistler, Lila, and Tiny, the orphaned mice, make-up the wonderful, Lighthouse Family. Together they live amongst each other in an old Lighthouse on the water, where they help to direct ships. However, one day Whistler and Lila hear the cries of a whale, a baby beluga whale named Sebastian, to be exact. Soon they have found that poor Sebastian has lost his Mother, and doesn't know where to find her. It's now up to Whistler and Lila, with the help of the rest of the Lighthouse Family, and a cranky old cormorant named Huck, to find Sebastian's Mother, and bring mama and baby together once again.

    In this wonderful, adorable new series by Cynthia Rylant, we are introduced to various wonderful new animal characters, who are sure to rival those found in classics such as THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Each character is unique, and possesses his or her own quirks, yet they all share one thing in common, their love for each other, and caring nature. Filled with wonderful sketches by Preston McDaniels amongst almost every page, as well as a delightful plot that will please all young readers, THE WHALE is sure to be a hit.

    Erika Sorocco
    Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper

    4-0 out of 5 stars I like this book.
    This book is so cool!I love it.I like that there's a baby beluga in the book, and the cat and the dog and the mice.Because they keep the baby beluga company and they help him get home. ... Read more


    18. Whales (National Geographic Action Book)
    by Ned Seidler, Rosalie Seidler, Judith E. Rinard, National Geographic Society
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    Asin: 0870448102
    Catlog: Book (1996-05-01)
    Publisher: National Geographic
    Sales Rank: 75944
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    19. Coral Reef Coloring Book
    by Ruth Soffer
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    Asin: 0486285421
    Catlog: Book (1995-07-06)
    Publisher: Dover Publications
    Sales Rank: 18027
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    realistic drawings of parrotfish, octopus, damselfish, moray eel, sea cucumber, dolphin, medusa jellyfish, sea dragon, many more. Captions.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate, fun pictures.
    This is a book which is accurate in its drawings, with the official names for many, if not all, the different species. I am an adult, a frustrated artist with no talent whatsoever for drawing. I have really enjoyed coloring these pictures with colored pencils. There is a lot of small detail work in some of the pictures, which I think would be difficult with crayons, but of course, all the detail doesn't need to be observed. I have loved this book and have colored 2/3 of the pictures. It is my favorite of the half dozen coloring books I bought. There are completed colored pictures of about a quarter of the drawings, which I appreciate very much, as it gives inspiration to those of us who would like to experiment with shading, etc. ... Read more


    20. The Deep-Sea Floor (Charlesbridge)
    by Sneed B. Collard, Gregory C. Wenzel
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    Asin: 1570914028
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
    Sales Rank: 500748
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK!
    Whether or not you're an amateur on the subject of deep sea biology, but this children's book is suprisingly helpful. Has very simple explanations & the illustrations are beautifully accurate. Any child (or adult!!!) who wants to learn about the deep sea, this really is the book to start with. ... Read more


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