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Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea Hardcover – May 1, 2004

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PreSchool-Grade 1–In a singsong text, a little boy describes his adventure into the deep blue sea. He plays peekaboo with a hermit crab and fences with a swordfish until he eventually discovers a pirate's treasure chest, but he leaves most of it behind when he meets what's on the next page–a shark. Still, he manages to bring a coin back up to his mother, who is waiting for him at the surface. The last page shows all of the animals left behind looking a little less intimidating as they float in the bathtub. Although the concept is fun and the bubbly illustrations are colorful, the book falters due to the text's occasionally bumpy rhythm. "Way down deep in the deep blue sea,/I spy a sea horse racing by me./Hello, sea horse./Giddy-up, sea horse./See you later, sea horse./Swim away." While this offering provides big illustrations, plenty of repetition, and good opportunities for interaction with children during storytime, it may not garner as much enthusiasm from kids as other similar titles, such as Linda Ashman's Rub-a-Dub Sub (Harcourt, 2003).–Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA
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About the Author

Jan Peck has written stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines. In adition, she is the author of The Giant Carrot, illustrated by Barry Root, and her story "The Perfect Dog" is in the best-selling book Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. Her previous picture book with Simon & Schuster is Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She resides in Texas.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689851103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689851100
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lori Calabrese VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea, a little boy turns a simple bath into a deep sea adventure!

Way down deep
in the deep blue sea,
there's a lot to find.
I guarantee!

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.
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I am a children's writer who wishes he had written this book! Jan Peck has surely been touched by the hand of God. "The Giant Carrot" was a classic Ms. Peck created, but "Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea" will be read by generations of children too. The tight musical writing and beautiful illustrations will please every child--plus teach them rhythm and the names of sea creatures. On top of all this, the book shows the child the wonders of using his imagination. Buy your copy now, because the first edtion will become a collector's item. "Cat in the Hat" move over!
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I work as a pre-k teacher for children ages 2-3, and they absolutely love this book. It's short-and-sweet, has a fun premise ( a kid meets different animals as he swims in the ocean looking for treasure -- towards the end, he runs into a shark and quickly swims to the surface, where we discover that he was just playing pretend in his bathtub ), and most importantly for this age group has an easy-to-join-in refrain. Almost every page is the same -- " Way down deep in the deep blue sea, I spy a <animal> <verbing> by me. Hello <animal>! < saying > <Animal>! See ya later <animal>! Swim away! "

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.
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I purchased this book for my classroom, it was for a sea life theme. I purchased the book new but when I received it it did not appear to be. There was no protective cover on the book & it had a black marker mark on the back cover. The book was still in great condition. Overall I am happy with the book and my students enjoy it very much.
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This book is fantastic! I have been reading it to my baby since he was a couple of months old. He is now nine months and picking it up on his own and "asking" to have it read. When I open it and start with "Way down deep in the deep blue sea..." he shrieks with delight! This book and Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree get read over and over in my house!!
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I bought this book sight unseen, from Amazon, based on 5 star reviews from 5 people and my 15 month old's love for ocean creatures. What a gem it turned out to be!

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!
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From the viewpoint of a pre-k teacher that loves to read to kids and get really animated, this books fits the bill. It is full of great rhymes, adventure and excitement, as a cute ending. The kids just love it and that is what really matters.
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I've read this book to my daughter and preschool students- they love it! It teaches different sea animals names, problem solving and is extremely engaging! Even my ESL students who are more quiet love this book and know ALL the words!
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