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PreS-Gr 3-Hear the subtle susurration of the surf against the sand. Smell the sun-kissed tide pools. Feel the spines of a sea urchin. Set sail on a sea of words. This collection of poems (Chronicle, 2012) is awash with images that call to mind a visit to the seashore. Gentle rhymes and beautiful figurative language bring all the listener's senses into play. Coombs paints with words, and readers can dip their toes into Meilo So's watercolor illustrations if they scan the book as they listen to Myra Lucretia Taylor present each poem in clear, measured tones, making every word count. Teachers doing poetry or ocean units, or students who just enjoy having words wash over them, will find this a delight.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"This beautifully illustrated volume concentrates on what the poet does best: poetry. An excellent source of verse for reading aloud." - Booklist, Starred Review

"A feeling of sweet delicacy pervades the pages of Water Sings Blue " - Wall Street Journal

"A salty breeze seems to spring from the pages" - The Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2012

"A trip to the beach anytime readers want to go" - School Library Journal

"Experience the shore without bring home sand in your shoes." - Library Media Connection, Starred Review

"Humor, interesting language and intriguing imagery" - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"One of the most beautiful picture books I've seen thus far in 2012" - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Poems with as many moods as the sea itself" - The Horn Book

"The evocative descriptions and images echo and linger.." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780811872843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811872843
  • ASIN: 081187284X
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Diving into the underwater Wonderland of Kate Coomb's Water Sings Blue is an enchanting and hypnotic escape. Laced with charm, wit, and poetic language that will mesmerize both children and adults, Water Sings Blue is a whimsical collage of vivid ocean images, layered within both the stanzas of text and the swirling, textured images. The collection of poems unfurls with a beckoning to the reader to depart from the shoreline, to "push away from the stillness of the nut-brown land," and to follow the author down a whirlpooled rabbit hole and into a magical kingdom of familiar yet exotic creatures.

Each of the sea creatures are portrayed through alluring images, clever metaphors, and the wide-eyed wonderment of a Miyazaki film. In fact, some of the most enticing delights within Water Sings Blue are the connections made between the underwater inhabitants and images within our own world. For example, an octupus's ink is a writer's autograph, a blue whale's belly is an orbiting planet, and, in my favorite piece writing, a jellyfish is a "prim bell jar with ruffled rim." Some of the simplest images carry the longest echo, such as the description of a shipwreck that is compared to "the bones of twenty trees lost far from home." With its brisk pace, nuanced humor, and imagery that flows in rippling patterns and spellbound mystery, Water Sings Blue is a watercolored journey that swims through tones of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and lullabies.
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Format: Hardcover
All poetry is musical, but this collection really SINGS...and bellows and hums and warbles and more! Sea shanties, operas, jingles, a hymn. A haiku aria here, a fishy rap there. A fabulous read (or sing!) aloud for a chorus of kids...yet it also works well for the individual reader who will dive into the depths of the personified poems, and feel the poignancy of the shipwrecked 'bones of twenty trees'.
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This is the perfect 1st book of poems for children/grandchildren who live near the ocean and those who do not but dream of the ocean. It has colorful pictures for each poem. The choice of undersea creatures are age-appropriate. I recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
Most of the poems are nice, fun, and pretty. After growing up in Maine near the ocean I can appreciate the art and descriptions. But, some of them are ridiculously short and silly. For me, the sudden prayer and mention of the lord was off-putting. I would have much preferred this book if it went all in; not just put words together because they relate to the ocean and its creatures. Water Sings Blue was nice, but could have been so much better for me if there was a theme of learning and usefulness (there were a couple of those types of poems), rather than incredibly short rhymes.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A charming book of poems about the ocean and marine life. I thought it was a story, and was surprised to find it was poetry. But the poems are rather delightful, I think I will give it to my young nephews.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of short poems about the sea and ocean life by Kate Coombs, beautifully illustrated with watercolor pictures by Meilo So. The prose can be quite the tongue twisters at time and may not be appropriate for young children because of some of the more advanced words, but for a child roughly 6-8 years old that likes ocean life and poetry this is the book for them. This book would be a good candidate to be read to a child or group of children. I really liked this book and would give it a big thumbs up. ~The Librarian Uncle
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Format: Hardcover
Lavish illustrations, paired with thoughtful poems, bring the colors and creatures of the sea to life. From a simple sailboat to the turning tideline, this book of ocean poems runs deep. A perfect picture book for readers and listeners, ages 5-8.
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What a beautiful book of poetry! I love the poems and the illustrations. BYU put on a performance of this book which was absolutely fantastic, so I bought the book to read to my kids.
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