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Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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Marianne lives in Orange City, 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 nationwide, 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 her "interactive" picture books and apps. Visit her web site at www.MarianneBerkes.com
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this book at our house! Fantastic, easy to read rhyming combined with wonderful clay illustrations. It's just as much fun to look at as it is to read!Published 15 days ago by Teneisha R. S. Jones
Wonderful and whimsical artwork. The toddler loves looking for the all the sea creatures. She doesn't know it but she's learning. Was a fast favorite at bedtime.Published 28 days ago by PRM
My son loves this book and the tune that goes along with it! The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maggie Gess
My 19mo old daughter loves this book. I think she would have me read it at naptime and bedtime everyday. Cute rhymes with a little education thrown in here and there. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. TAYLOR
It's so perfect!! a fun read ... love the rhyming ... love kids learning about our ocean life.
Future generations need to be taught to respect and preserve these animals, not... Read more
Grandkids ages 41/2 and 2 1/2 loved this book. They appreciated it on different levels. (4 1/2 would say "now let's count them all together" after each page. Really funPublished 6 months ago by Naniej