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Ocean Seasons Hardcover – May 30, 2007

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This is a wonderful read-aloud. It is smooth, lovely and nearly lyrical. With the right tone of voice, I think it could lure a child right to sleep. But it does more than that. Full of interesting facts, it introduces children to the beautiful marine world. Wonderful look at the oceans. --Armchair Interviews

As a homeschooling mother, I am always looking for children's books that contain great education value, not just fluffy stories. Ocean Seasons is the type of book I love. This is a homeschool parent's dream. --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

While this beautifully written and illustrated book focuses on the Pacific Ocean, it can easily be adapted to life in other oceans. Whether used for research or to satisfy children's curiosity, this new take on the cycle of life will bring wonderment. --ForeWord

About the Author

Ron Hirschi lives on a small island in western Washington and walks the beach most days of the year. As a biologist, he also spends much time on the water, learning about and helping salmon and other aquatic fish and wildlife. As an author, he brings the excitement of what he learns onto the pages of books for young readers. Ron has written over 50 children's books. His books have been listed as Best Science Trade Books of the year, and won the John Burroughs Nature Book among other awards. Several of his books have been featured on Reading Rainbow. In addition to writing, Ron enjoys working directly with kids and takes them outside during his many school visits. They net fish to study water quality or search for frogs and salamanders in small ponds. They also study ocean life and it was on a trip to the beach with a group of elementary students that he got the idea for this book. Ron helped to raise the funds to purchase a tidal wetland that is now an environmental learning center and critical habitat for endangered salmon. His book, Salmon, remains a fund raiser for this (Nick's Lagoon) project.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (May 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977742326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977742325
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Accurately sweet illustrations and edifying text pull the reader into Ocean Seasons. The book travels through the seasons in the ocean, particularly the northern Pacific ocean. It highlights animals, their habits, habitats, and their particular place in the food chain. As an example larger fish dine on smaller fish that dine on shiny plankton.

There is a lyricism in author Ron Hirschi's prose, while Kirsten Carlson's illustrations have a soft movement to match. Children will enjoying copying and playing with the food cards in the activity section while parents and teachers can lead children into deeper study with the mini-encyclopedic pages to follow. This book is highly recommended for children 3 - 7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
We, on land, are not the only ones who experience seasons. The oceans experience seasons of their own. Only their seasons are told by life cycles and migrations of animals instead of by the colorful maple trees. In this almost hypnotic telling, readers can learn some of the many interesting facts of the changing seasons of the ocean.

This is a wonderful read-aloud. It is smooth, lovely and nearly lyrical. With the right tone of voice I think it could lure a child right to sleep. But it does more than that. Full of interesting facts, it introduces children to the beautiful marine world.

Even though I'm a Kansas girl, I have always been fascinated by the ocean and the life that it holds. This book allows me to share some of that fascination with my children. While we read, we had many interesting discussions about various aspects of ocean life. Every time we turned the page another question would be asked. With that in mind, I look forward to using this book as a bouncing off point in my science class this fall.

Nothing quite grabs a child's attention like a gorgeously illustrated picture book and this one will accomplish that nicely. Especially handy are the activity sections at the end of the book for curious minds that want to know more.

Armchair Interviews says: Wonderful look at the oceans.
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter Bethany loves Puffins and went absolutely wild over all the illustrations of this book!
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