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Who Lives in the Sea? Ocean Animals of Hawaii Paperback – November 27, 2012
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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
""Who Lives in the Sea?: Ocean Animals of Hawaii," written by Monika Mira, is a beautiful children's story that will be read and enjoyed over and over...
This book is written in the style of the classic "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?" book and the repetition is great for young readers. This is a great book that has the potential of being an instant favorite and children's classic!"
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Aloha! This book was originally developed to accompany a baby sign language program. Each page covers a different ocean animal in simple rhyming text. Add the sign for each each animal as you read through and before you know it, your little one will be signing back to you.
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I was so excited when I received a package in the mail from the author, Monika Mira with her book, Who Lives in the Sea? Ocean Animals of Hawaii since falling in love with her children's books a few months ago when I first reviewed Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles. I have to say I really enjoy the way Mira makes science fun! This book is unlike the previous ones in that Mira uses illustrations to enhance her story rather than photographs. I think that it works for this book where there is a nice mix of true-to-life softened by the illustrations that children in the recommended 2-5 age group will enjoy. You know, the "cute factor" never fails!
"On a trip to the islands of Hawaii, baby asked his Mommy, "Who lives in the sea?" In the pages that follow, Mira explains who does live in the sea in a "repetitive, rhyming story about ocean animals." Your children will be fascinated by the stories and illustrations of the Humpback whale, dolphin, sea turtle, jellyfish, reef fish, coral shrimp, crab and the Hawaiian Monk Seal (an endangered species). The flow of this book is nicely done, the story short enough to be repeated with ease whenever your child says, "Again! Again!"
Monika Mira is a marine biologist and an award-winning author. She understands what works well for early readers and that is clearly demonstrated in this book. I truly enjoy her style and clear appreciation and passion for marine life brought to children around the world in an engaging and beautiful way!
This book reminds me of the old book that was very popular when I was in elementary school, "Are you my mother?" in that young children are introduced to a variety of animals that are shown as friendly, so that children's hearts are open to them, instead of being frightened. This will help kids protect our natural resources. Adorable & well done.
As a teacher myself, I can appreciate what the author, Monika Mira, created for young minds, and the educational value in learning about Who Lives in the Sea?
Certainly, the parents of every child, ages 2-5 yrs. who live in the Hawaii, should own this book, as well as all preschoolers with inquisitive minds.
I am planning on buying several to give as gifts for my young friends and their families.