Throughout the seasons we have explored the ocean, from top to bottom featuring everything from dolphins and fish to extraordinary creatures with glowing talents. This spring we add two new titles featuring sea life, but today we are looking through our current collection dreaming of tropical beaches and swimming with the fishes!
Here is a fun little booklist for your next ocean adventure.
If a Dolphin Were a Fish
by Loan Wlodarski illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
“If a Dolphin Were a Fish” is the clever story of a dolphin who imagines that she is a fish, a turtle, a bird, an octopus, or even a shark or manatee. She (and the readers) learn just how special she really is and how special each of her other sea animal friends are too. The Creative Minds section has teaching trivia, crafts and games related to dolphins and some of her sea-creature friends.
Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud
by Donna Rathmell German and Doreen Rathmell, illustrated by Connie McLennan
Octavia Octopus and her sea-animal friends love playing camouflage games to practice how they would hide from a “big, hungry creature.” Octavia, however, just cannot seem to get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud. What happens when the big, hungry shark shows up looking for his dinner? This creative book introduces basic colors along with the camouflage techniques of various sea animals’ a great introduction to marine biology! To top it off, as parents love teaching their children; “practice makes perfect!” The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes fun facts about animal camouflage and protection and about octopuses. The craft uses primary colors (paint or tissue paper) to help children learn about blending colors.
A Day in the Deep
by Kevin Kurtz, illustrated by Erin E. Hunter
Travel deep into the ocean way below the surface and you’ll encounter some creatures you never knew existed! This book takes you on a journey through the dark depths of the sea towards the ocean floor. Most ecosystems need sunlight, but deep in the ocean where the sun doesn’t shine animals have adapted some very interesting ways to see, protect themselves, and eat. Discover the unique habitats, adaptations, and food chains of these deep -sea creatures.
by Ron Hirschi, illustrated by Kristen Carlson
Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Spring brings new plants and baby animals, while summer oceans are aglow with sparkly plankton lights, and autumn winds blow across the open water. In winter the humpback whales migrate to warmer waters, just as some land animals move to warmer climates. In fun, fanciful form, children learn about plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs and habitats beneath the waves. While set in the Pacific, similar changes occur in all the world’s ocean.
In Arctic Waters
by Laura Crawford, illustrated by Ben Hodson
An arctic adaptation of “This is the House that Jack Built” follows polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals and beluga whales as they chase each other around “the ice that floats in the Arctic waters.” Not only is the rhythmic, cumulative prose good for early readers; it is a pure delight to read aloud. The “For Creative Minds” section helps children learn how these animals live in the cold, icy arctic region.
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