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Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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Way down deep
in the deep blue sea,
there's a lot to find.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not enjoy the book. Too repetitive. Its a cute idea though, just would have cut some of the repeated words or phrases out.Published 5 months ago by ScotFlower
I thought I was buying a brand new version of this book, but the dustcover came ripped and the actual book has several bumps on the corners.Published 6 months ago by J Wa
Grandson loves this book. Pictures are colorful and story in cutePublished 9 months ago by Sharon E. Beck