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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–This gorgeous picture book is perfect for sharing the wonders of marine life with young children. Through simple, poetic text, Rose highlights the variety of creatures found in the sea: "Big as a bus" (a blue whale calve) "and smaller than seeds" (the offspring of a coral reef), "billions of babies are born to the ocean." The narrative goes on to describe, in very basic terms, the various ways in which these animals are born and learn to swim, what they eat, and how they live, all accompanied by Nakata's fluid watercolors. The last four pages offer thumbnails of the earlier illustrations, along with more detailed information about the species portrayed. This book beautifully captures the magic of the ocean world and will work equally well in storytime, in the classroom, or for one-on-one sharing.– Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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PreS-Gr. 2. This well-written, nonfiction picture book introduces the variety of baby creatures in the ocean, pointing out how they differ and what they have in common. The text establishes an amiable tone, sometimes addressing children directly and sometimes simply presenting information. Every short line or phrase in the picture-book section of the book is reinforced in the three-page appendix, where each one is repeated, accompanied by a postage stamp-size illustration and expanded by a paragraph of thoughtful, informative text. Nakata's cheerful watercolor paintings clearly illustrate the book's ideas while creating a beautiful undersea setting, bright with colors, teeming with varied creatures, and studded with intriguing details. Many books present information in this format, but few manage to stay as focused on the topic and sensitive to the intended audience as this one. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390 (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792283120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792283126
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,349,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deborah's newest school story, The Spelling Bee Before Recess, captures the nailbiting excitement of a school spelling bee that goes into overtime. In this humorous picture book, set to the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas, two finalists enter the spelling bee's championship round. The spelling words fly fast and thick, until the principal throws in a tiebreaker where the spellers must spell AND tell what the word means--just like in the national spelling bee.

Her lullaby book, Someone's Sleepy, gently celebrates a young child's nightly ritual, from bathtime to hearing a bedtime story to snuggling with favorite stuffed animals to sweet dreams. The book is also a lullaby song with music by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin.

Jimmy the Joey, Deborah's animal conservation book, is the true story of the amazing rescue of an orphaned baby koala in Australia. Deborah is former Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S.

Deborah's ocean alphabet book, Into the A,B,Sea, was named to the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing and has sold a quarter million copies. The Twelve Days of Kindergarten and The Twelve Days of Winter have both won the NAPPA Gold Award. An internationally published, award-winning children's author, Deborah weaves themes of nature, family and school in her books.

"I rocked my children to sleep many times. That gentle rocking rhythm became the verses of Someone's Sleepy...The Twelve Days of Kindergarten was inspired by my son's first day of kindergarten. When he came home from school, he couldn't stop telling me all the wondrous things his new teacher had given him. Those classroom gifts--and many others that followed--inspired me to write The Twelve Days of Kindergarten, The Twelve Days of Winter and The Twelve Days of Springtime. The Spelling Bee Before Recess grew from my memories of LOSING the school spelling bee, and from my kids adventures in their own school bees many years later."

Deborah grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Cornell University. She helped create and directs communications for the national STEM education project howtosmile.org, which has earned an ALA Best Websites for Kids award and AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Award. She lives in Walnut Creek, California. Visit her at www.deborahleerose.com.

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