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Even the most educated marine biologist could learn something from this whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of 21 poems about sea life. Some of the poems are pure silly fun ("There are uglier fish than a blennie-- / But not many."), and others are gracefully infiltrated with animal facts ("Did you know the ocean's oysters / Sometimes change from girls to boysters?"). Douglas Florian, whose Beast Feast and On the Wing received high praise, accompanies each of his delightful poems with a stunning watercolor painting. In addition to capturing the liquid blur of an underwater world, the illustrations incorporate subtle visual jokes; for example, the salmon are doing the high jump, and the seahorses are wearing saddles. It's no fish story--Florian's combination of intelligent, funny rhymes and rich, irresistible paintings will make a splash in your home! (Ages 3 and older) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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K-Gr 3-Poems about ocean and freshwater fish by Douglas Florian.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152024379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152024376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Florian is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including Dinothesaurus, which received starred reviews in four major publications, Comet, Stars, The Moon and Mars, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Horn Book Fanfare List selection; Bow Wow Meow Meow, winner of the Gryphon Award and a Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year; and Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. His most recent book How to Draw a Dragon was starred in a Booklist review and School Library Journal called it a "brilliantly simple picture book." He lives and works in New York and has read his poetry at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Poets House, and The White House.

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Douglass Florian writes children's poetry and creates artworks to go with it. You may know some of his other works - mammalabila and insectopedia. in the swim continues his look at animals. His poetry is short and fun and the artwork is very beautiful to look at. As a teacher, I recommend his books for a poetry unit and a unit studying animals.
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By JR on July 15, 2015
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Playful and creative poems that are at least as fun for an adult to read as a child to hear. A couple of the poems don't really have that much information about the fish (which is a bit disappointing), but all of the poems are absolutely delightful. We bought this book for home, but it would work wonderfully in an elementary classroom for reading or science. I plan to buy more of the author's books!
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This book of poems is sweet.
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Great art work!
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