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Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef Hardcover – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584690631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584690634
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eye-popping artwork is the star of the show in Berkes's lively, oceanic counting book... --Kirkus Reviews

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Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life as a teacher, children's theater director and children's librarian. She is listed in "Something About the Author," "Who's Who in American Education" and "Who's Who in America."

Marianne lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, where the cacophony of sounds she hears from the pond in back of her home served as the inspiration for her first book, "Marsh Music" published in 2000. She is a favorite presenter at schools and literary conferences, reading her award-winning books and talking about her publishing adventures.

Before moving to Florida over twenty years ago, Marianne was an early childhood educator in New York, and also directed children's theater. Music, theater and writing have been a constant in her life and she puts all this to good use in 15 award winning "interactive" children's picture books, with two more to be released in early 2014.

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Over in the Ocean is also a "song" book (to the tune of Over in the Meadow), and it is a beautifully, polymer clay, illustrated book.
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I finally purchased the book and also purchased Over in the Jungle.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By karensk121 on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
---A book that would serve as an enriching literature unit as well as a wonderful gift---

This book consists of 11 verses of engaging rhyme in the same form as "Over in the Meadow", using fish and other sea animals instead of meadow animals. A new sea creature is introduced on every 2-page spread in quantities from 1 to 10.

For example, for the number "2":

Over in the ocean Where the sea grasses grew Lived a mother parrotfish And her parrotfish two. "Grind," said the mother. "We grind," said the two. So they ground on the coral Where the sea grasses grew."

And so it goes for each number, 1 through 10, with every verse starting with, "Over in the ocean...." The eleventh verse is a wrap-up where the reader has to find all 55 young animals in the 2-page spread (1 octopus, 2 parrotfish, 3 clownfish and so on), similar to the I Spy books.

Some of the supplemental features after the rhyme:
* the rhyme printed with the music, sung to the tune of "Over in the Meadow"
* information about each of the coral reef animals in the book
* hand motions that may be used for each of the verses (e.g., for the needlefish "skitter": put arms way out straight, then separate arms and wiggle fingers in a skittering motion)
* description of the artwork by the artist

The artwork is excellent -- aesthetically pleasing and very creative! The artist used polymer clay with various tools to shape all the scenery and animals onto a board. Then, "to create the two-dimensional illustrations for a book, the reliefs are photographed (with careful attention to lighting)." I, as well as my children, enjoy looking at the artwork, trying to guess how it was done. This is the artist's first book; I certainly hope she does more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Hall on May 6, 2007
Format: Board book
the artistry of this book is unsurpassed. the rhyming is cute and fun to recite. the counting aspect is educational and fun. love this book... and so do my 4 and 2 year olds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Loeung on August 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My daughters and I enjoy everything about this book from the amazing clay-created illustrations to the singable, educational copy. After borrowing it from the library a number of times (our tried-and-true test for finding good books) we decided to purchase it. It is a perfect book for preschool kids as it reinforces number recognition, introduces unusual ocean life through playful rhymes, and, very importantly, tells them again that playing with clay or playdough is a fabulous creative activity!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on July 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When my son is not yet two-and-a-half, and could count to ten by himself. What does that have to do with this book? Well, Over in the Ocean is a counting-to-ten book, and he has heard this story repeatedly. Never underestimate the power of reading to your children.

Over in the Ocean is also a "song" book (to the tune of Over in the Meadow), and it is a beautifully, polymer clay, illustrated book. It is also another book by my friendly acquaintance, Marianne Berkes. In fact, the first time I heard this book was when the children's library staff was helping her present it to a very full room of children at a summer program. I was really into the song until I got caught out by the seahorse. That one little twist makes the book memorable. And as I've said before, it is beautiful, with its turquoise ocean and brightly colored sea life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CAP on June 26, 2013
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This book is adorable. While the actual story itself is geared towards younger kids the art work made it really interesting to my five year old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on June 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this book with my 6, 4 and 2 year old. It was a huge hit. The 2 year old kept touching the illustrations because they are very textured and interesting. It has so many great elements. It helps with rhyming and counting and has an awesome seek and find at the end that all 3 kids could participate in. The final page is a non-fiction information page on all the animals mentioned that allows for further learning. I am also a elementary school teacher. My students will love this book. The pictures are very engaging for a read-a-loud. Also, since this is a part of a series (Over in the Forest, Over in the Jungle and Over in Australia) it would get learners interested in more than one book and topic. A definite great purchase..as are all Marianne Berkes books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CB on May 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book when I first laid eyes on it. The colors drew me in immediately! My daughter was little at the time but I read it to her over and over and she loved it. Because it rhymes I was able to use a rhyming voice to go along with it! This is also a great book to use in grades K-2 if they are doing a unit on sea creatures. Loads of learning packed into this book!
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By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2014
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Daughter loves this book.
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