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Sea Horse: Read and Wonder: The Shyest Fish in the Sea Paperback – March 24, 2009
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About the Author
CHRIS BUTTERWORTH is the author of more than seventy nonfiction books for children on such diverse subjects as influenza, Antarctic exploration, and Ancient Egypt. "A sea horse looks as magical as a mermaid," she says, "but sea horses really exist. We need to know as much as we can about them, so we can protect them."
JOHN LAWRENCE says, "Sea horses are really exciting to draw, and I have tried to imagine how it must be to live under the water like them." John Lawrence is both the author and illustrator of THIS LITTLE CHICK, named a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children's Book of the year.
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============== review below is for audio plus CD version ==================
WARNING: Once you buy one of these you will need to buy more. This is because you will get sick of hearing the same story on constant repeat a hundred gazillion times during your car rides.
I purchased a copy via our local aquarium gift shop. I'm now a huge fan of the "read, listen, and wonder" series - based on this seahorses book and their sharks book. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if I'm a covert Candlewick Press fanatic (see my reviews of the Oscar the cat series by Geoff Waring). Make sure you get a copy that is "Read, Listen, and Wonder" not just "Read and Wonder." For a couple of dollars more, you get a very nicely done audio CD. It seems like all the CD's in this series follow a basic pattern 1) narrator reads the main story 2) narrator reads the "factoids" that accompany the story 3) narrator reads the main story again, but this time there is a chime to let kids know when to turn the page.
My child is three years old, and many parts of these books are way over his head. But he does still pick up a ton of useful and interesting information from listening to the book and looking at the book. I think these are books that will have a long life span, I can see him liking them even when he is in elementary school because of all the factoids. I myself have learned a few facts from each of the books despite having visited multiple aquariums and watching multiple documentaries and reading national geographic! These books have good info in them! And I suspect that each of them has a bit of a conversation/take care of nature message in them as well, which I really appreciate.
The sharks books have illustrations that are a bit more cartoon-y. The seahorses books has beautiful woodcarving illustrations. Not sure the kid appreciates it as much, but I really love the artistry.
Nicely done Candlewick! Now just make it easier for us to find more books from this series! It seems like a few of them are out of print.