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Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?: An Alphabet Book Hardcover – November 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570616876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570616877
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 10.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? has been a fun new addition to our collection of picture books. I love learning what all the groups of animals are called. So interesting! This would be a cute ABC book for your budding naturalist."
—Design Mom

"The hook here is as much the artwork as the text. Asper-Smith uses silhouettes for the words and animals on each page while bright colors provide the backgrounds. ...Asper-Smith has made something beautiful here, giving preschoolers a collection of thoughtful terms and animals to learn about and graphic arts fans something to appreciate. Have You Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? is the book that readers of A Compendium of Collective Nouns will learn their first big words from. Both are crisp and witty walks on the wild side of the English language, and along with all the other titles discussed here, they prompt the question: 'Who knew learning could be so cool?'"
—Bookslut
 

About the Author

Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Sarah once made her home on a boat in the harbor. Now having traded her houseboat for bay windows, she is attending graduate school in Philadelphia, but will be returning to Alaska in 2011. She loves color and good typography, form and function; curry and goat cheese and fresh herbs, the sound of waves and the sound of wind, word play and Scrabble and puns. She loves hot tea on cold days and surrounding herself with people she cares about. Spending time alone in her cabin in the woods, she came up with the idea for a children's alphabet book. Using unusual collective nouns for groups of animals, she created this collection. She has seen a smack of jellyfish and hopes to avoid stumbling into a nest of vipers.

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Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Sarah loves color and good typography, form and function; curry and goat cheese and fresh herbs, the sound of waves and the sound of wind, word play and Scrabble and puns. Spending time alone in her cabin in the woods, she came up with the idea for a children's alphabet book. Using unusual collective nouns for groups of animals, she wrote and illustrated her first book. She has seen a smack of jellyfish and hopes to avoid stumbling into a nest of vipers. Her second book, I Would Tuck You In, was a collaboration with her husband, Mitch Watley, who illustrated the many different northern animals and their young.

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Also, slyly educational... each letter in the alphabet is represented with a name for that group of animals.
DD
I am actually a high school English teacher, but I love this book because it is the perfect description of collective nouns.
Kathryn
We laughed and giggled our way through, and also we discovered a fun game using the book... Quiz your Parents!!!
Constance Norfleet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ColorDesignLover on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Asper-Smith has combined her many talents into this educational and delightful children's book. Many times children's books teach using one method and cannot reach each and every kid who flips open the cover. Have You Ever Seen A Smack of Jellyfish? can. A three year old might be mesmerized by the wide array of colors and shapes. A 5 year old may be enthralled by learning the alphabet and picking a favorite animal. An 8 year old will enjoy all of the above as well as learning about collective nouns and researching the types of animals. This book also lends itself well to the integration of the internet and would be a good teaching tool for educators. Children will be able to research the collective nouns and animals found in this book.

Asper-Smith has used a traditional medium to reach children and encourage the use of technology in art and learning. I look forward to watching her career unfold.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on February 26, 2011
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At our house, there is nothing we love more than a good alphabet book, with animal books weighing in at a close second. Predictably, this was a definite winner as soon as we had wrestled it from the wrapper. As a bonus, it was super fun to whip it out and quiz people who hadn't been given the chance to read it. "What do you call a bunch of turtles? Wrong!"

I think it's really cool that a) each animal has their own name for their specific group, and b) so many of them really are not common knowledge. At least that was the result of our informal polling. Author Sarah Asper-Smith must have come to the same conclusion with her research. After reading that a group of ferrets is called a business, she started to research the collective nouns for animals (incidentally this turned out to be more lucrative than our path of just mocking friends and family for their wrong answers) and then illustrated them. She cleverly parlayed her collection into this adorable book.

How many animal groups do you think you can name? I felt pretty confident after Army of Ants and Flutter of Butterflies, but our guessing went downhill from there. I had no idea frogs gathered in a knot or a bunch of rhinoceroses was referred to as a crash. These are fun to learn!

At first glance, the illustrations appear simple, with the animals shown in black silhouette against bright backgrounds. But when you look a bit closer, you'll find fun little details tucked in, like a lone kangaroo sitting still while the rest of the troop gallops past, or a baby elephant tucked in line with the herd. I like the watch of nightingales perched all over their beautiful lime green tree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2011
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This is a beautiful book with vocabulary that will fascinate children and adults alike. The design and use of color make it vibrant and alluring. The pictures would make great decoration for a child's room.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lighthouse Lady on April 20, 2011
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I ordered " Have You Ever Seen A Smack of Jellyfish", after I read a brief review in the Alaska Airlines on flight magazine.
This animal alphabet book is easy to read & each page captured the imagination of my Grandson who has a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. It was our "favorite read" while I visited him in Sacramento. Lighthouse Lady
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This is now our favorite gift to give kids. We've loved reading it and learning these group names as much as our children do!
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I loved, A Rattle of Bones, by Kipling West, so A Smack of Jellyish was definitely a must have. And I was also influenced by Lemony Snicket who authored, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and wrote about a murder of crows.
Have You Ever Seen A Smack of Jellyfish is a collective noun alphabet with great illustrations using a fascinating collection of nouns like: a bloat of hippopotamuses, a scourge of mosquitoes, a parliament of owls, and a walk of snails. My 3 year old loves this book and it is part of our home library. This is one of my personal favorites.
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