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Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?: An Alphabet Book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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
on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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
on September 8, 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
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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on May 25, 2013
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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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on January 30, 2013
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The book caught my eye because of the illustration on the cover and the title!!! I got it and immediately sat down with Sadie(4) to read it! We laughed and giggled our way through, and also we discovered a fun game using the book... Quiz your Parents!!! They probably know a bunch of fish is called a school, but see if they know what a bunch of owls is called!!!! Highly recommend for reading together with children 4 and up!
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on January 23, 2013
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I am actually a high school English teacher, but I love this book because it is the perfect description of collective nouns. The title caught my eye because "smack" is my favorite collective noun. Even if you don't like grammar as much as I do, the book does go through the alphabet nicely and talk about lots of animals.
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on February 11, 2013
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A very bold book with its artwork and vocabulary. Our 5 year old latches onto new words like a magnet and she is having a great time impressing her teacher with these. Good quality physically too. .
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on January 18, 2013
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Five and a half year old and one turning four in a few days--both love the ocean and creatures. Their mom suggested this book.
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on April 18, 2014
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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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