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WHO'S IN THE OCEAN? (Poke-A-Dot!) Board book – August 8, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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About the Author
The Pope Twins, Liz and Kate Pope born and raised in Derbyshire, now live on opposite sides of Chesterfield. After both gaining first-class degrees in Surface Pattern from Staffordshire University, Liz and Kate began their careers as professional greeting card and book illustrators, working together to create their signature colorful and collaged style.
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-educational counting from 10 to 1 (down only, though -- see suggestion note below)
-sensory integration pushing the button, feeling & touching as you count, and hearing the satisfying pop
-easy to manipulate buttons for little, tiny hands (my infant can do it without struggling)
-appealing to infant, toddler, preschooler
-fun rhyming words, a bit of a mouthful in places, though
-nice font and size to help pre-readers and beginning readers with letter and word recognition without taking over the pages (similar to the font that most children learn to write in school)
-use over and over, holding up well (except for binding, see note below)
-no batteries required
-not overly loud so that it is annoying
-reasonably priced, compared to other board books that don't have the popping feature
-So heavy, need to help kids for safety
-Binding not as sturdy as it could be, especially for the weight of this book
-The third book in this series that counts down from 10 to 1, no variation whatsoever (see note below)
Suggestion to Publisher for Improvement:
I mentioned this in my Poke-A-Dot Old McDonald review and feel it is worth repeating here, as I find this one feature to be lacking, yet again. The counting in this Ocean themed book could easily have been reworked to count from 1 up to 10, reverse from 10 down to 1 as it is, in my teacher opinion. ALL three books in the series (McDonald, Little Monkeys, Ocean) ALL count down, none count up = disappointing & repetitive. What about some variation to expand learning? Plus, most children naturally learn to count up before they learn to count down, so sequentially, this would appeal to early learners and help build that number sense. In my professional and personal opinion (as teacher for 10 years prior to being a mom), it would add a great deal to this book and to the series educationally, as well to offer variation, even if it means reworking the skeleton for manufacturing. I'd also love to see some alphabet integration as well in the future. So many possibilities for this format... as a teacher and mom, I could name at least 10 ideas for these books in under 30 seconds... hope you see the potential for more in the series that can truly support good early learning!
Note regarding Amazon.com customer service:
We pre-ordered this very early on & had a low price guarantee, and we loved that option from Amazon. Unfortunately, the book was listed mistakenly as a bath book, which it is not, only water themed as the topic. However, Amazon was WONDERFUL in immediately addressing my request to have the online product description fixed right away and they also smoothed over our order as well. Kudos to Amazon! We have never been disappointed with their customer service. This was no exception.
Oh My God, Poke-A-Dot! You perfect little gem you! My son can have a kinesthetic interaction with books and won't come close to destroying them! Each click prompts him to "mooo" or count or give some sort of verbal response.
I highly recommend these books. So much so that I have already sent my friends with children these books and they are a hit.
I have a two year old. Our first book we torn to pieces in three months time. She still enjoys picking up a page or two and poke the dots but it's not the same as having one whole book.