Buy New
$13.92
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Save: $4.07 (23%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea Hardcover – May 1, 2004


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$13.92
$9.80 $4.49
Audio, Cassette
"Please retry"
$25.00

100%20Children%27s%20Books%20to%20Read%20in%20a%20Lifetime


Frequently Bought Together

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea + Commotion in the Ocean + Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef
Price for all three: $29.13

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689851103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689851100
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–In a singsong text, a little boy describes his adventure into the deep blue sea. He plays peekaboo with a hermit crab and fences with a swordfish until he eventually discovers a pirate's treasure chest, but he leaves most of it behind when he meets what's on the next page–a shark. Still, he manages to bring a coin back up to his mother, who is waiting for him at the surface. The last page shows all of the animals left behind looking a little less intimidating as they float in the bathtub. Although the concept is fun and the bubbly illustrations are colorful, the book falters due to the text's occasionally bumpy rhythm. "Way down deep in the deep blue sea,/I spy a sea horse racing by me./Hello, sea horse./Giddy-up, sea horse./See you later, sea horse./Swim away." While this offering provides big illustrations, plenty of repetition, and good opportunities for interaction with children during storytime, it may not garner as much enthusiasm from kids as other similar titles, such as Linda Ashman's Rub-a-Dub Sub (Harcourt, 2003).–Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jan Peck has written stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines. In adition, she is the author of The Giant Carrot, illustrated by Barry Root, and her story "The Perfect Dog" is in the best-selling book Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. Her previous picture book with Simon & Schuster is Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She resides in Texas.

More About the Author

Jan Peck is an organic gardener and a former cook for Auntie Em's, a vegetarian, health-food restaurant in Cowtown, so she knows plenty about giant carrots.
Her published books include:
* Way out West on My Little Pony (Pelican Publishing Company 2010).
* Pirate Treasure Hunt! (Pelican Publishing Company 2008).
* Way Far Away on a Wild Safari
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
* Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
* Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
* The Giant Carrot (Dial Books for Young Readers).
* The Ballerina Princess, The First Christmas, and The Time Travelers (About You! Books).
* "The Perfect Dog" in the best-selling anthology:
Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul.
* Also stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines.
* Short stories in the anthologies Distant Lights and The Neighborhood Nine, published by Boyds Mills Press.

Jan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the past Regional Advisor for the North Central/ Northeast Texas Chapter, and a past freelance editor for Boys' Life magazine. Jan has won awards for her writing, judged by Bruce Degan (of the Magic School Bus series), George Stanley (of the Scaredy-Cat series), and Betsy Haynes (of the Fabulous Five series and Bone Chillers series and TV show).

She is in big demand for her dynamic presentations, featuring her books and getting the kids excited about reading (presented with author, David R. Davis). They give one of the most interactive, encouraging, inspiring school programs ever seen or heard!

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
22
4 star
3
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 26 customer reviews
The illustrator did an awesome job and used very bright colors!
Casonbd
I highly recommend this book for anyone with a young child who loves to read or loves fish!
Caityb830
My 4 year old grandson loved this book and we read it daily while he was with us.
Carla

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea, a little boy turns a simple bath into a deep sea adventure!

Way down deep
in the deep blue sea,
there's a lot to find.
I guarantee!

Come on! Be brave!
Just follow me!
And let's explore
the deep blue sea!

While searching for treasure for his mom, he plays peekaboo with a hermit crab, fences with a swordfish, and finally discovers a pirate's treasure chest. But look out! When a shark nears, he heads for the surface--his own bathtub where his mom awaits, and the animals float along quietly in the tub.

This lively story is written in rhyme and the bright illustrations will delight any sea lover. But what I love most about this book is that it teaches children the importance of using your imagination.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Davis on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a children's writer who wishes he had written this book! Jan Peck has surely been touched by the hand of God. "The Giant Carrot" was a classic Ms. Peck created, but "Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea" will be read by generations of children too. The tight musical writing and beautiful illustrations will please every child--plus teach them rhythm and the names of sea creatures. On top of all this, the book shows the child the wonders of using his imagination. Buy your copy now, because the first edtion will become a collector's item. "Cat in the Hat" move over!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ankashai on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I work as a pre-k teacher for children ages 2-3, and they absolutely love this book. It's short-and-sweet, has a fun premise ( a kid meets different animals as he swims in the ocean looking for treasure -- towards the end, he runs into a shark and quickly swims to the surface, where we discover that he was just playing pretend in his bathtub ), and most importantly for this age group has an easy-to-join-in refrain. Almost every page is the same -- " Way down deep in the deep blue sea, I spy a <animal> <verbing> by me. Hello <animal>! < saying > <Animal>! See ya later <animal>! Swim away! "

We tend to read it in a bit of a sing-song voice, and ask the kids to tell us the names of the animals. A lot of the kids join in saying 'hello' and 'swim away' ( complete with waving and swimming motions ), and we've used the ending to talk to kids about what they play with in their bathtub.

Older children ( I've read it up to kindergarten ) don't get quite as excited about it, but they enjoy the fact that they can join in as well. As a teaching activity, you could make felt/paper versions of all the animals and ask the students to find the animal as you read about it, and put it on a felt board.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Cuarto on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic! I have been reading it to my baby since he was a couple of months old. He is now nine months and picking it up on his own and "asking" to have it read. When I open it and start with "Way down deep in the deep blue sea..." he shrieks with delight! This book and Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree get read over and over in my house!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Ward on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable picture book. The rhyme is skillfully written to hold the attention of the most wiggly of small children. They'll swim under the water meeting all kinds of sea creatures and be surprised at the end. The art, inspired by the text is fun and colorful. The illustrator nailed it! Children will read this over and over. Jan Peck has now, another excellent picturebook to her credit.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Lay on May 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As in her previous picture book, The Giant Carrot, Jan Peck has created a fun and lively story with carefully chosen words to entice children to read and re-read this delightful adventure story. Full of fun sea creatures and lyrical language, Way Down Deep is stimulating both in listening to the story and the enjoyment of the bright illustrations. Well-done and worth owning!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boston Home Cook on July 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book sight unseen, from Amazon, based on 5 star reviews from 5 people and my 15 month old's love for ocean creatures. What a gem it turned out to be!

Firstly, the story is adorable, and it captures the imagination of a child. It's about a little boy who is exploring the deep blue sea in search of treasure, and he meets many ocean creatures along the way. When he emerges from the water, it turns out those animals were not real ocean creatures, but instead his bath toys, including the big (but not scary) smiling shark he meets before he decides to high tail it up the surface. The story is just as fun for parents as it is for their children, we get a fun glimpse into the eyes of a child playing pretend...

Secondly, the illustrations are wonderful. They are simple, not busy, and each page features a different animal that he meets along the way. My daughter loves to point to each animal as I read its name, especially toward the end when he says goodbye individually to each of them

Thirdly, this is a perfect story for a toddler or an emergent young reader. The story is full of repetition and rhyme. which holds their attention, and for us, it's a nice break from board books. It doesn't have an overwhelming number of words on a page.

When I ask my 15 month old to select a book for me to read to her, she goes for this one, several times each day. She chooses it out of her library of 60+ books. Buy it - it's a winner!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?