Saturday, May 11, 2013

These Seas Count! by Alison Formento –OPTIONAL

Formento, Alison and Illustrated by Snow, Sarah These Seas Count! 32 pgs. Albert Whitman & Company, 2013. $12.84.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G ; Violence: G.
One beach full of garbage leads to a lesson for Mr. Tate’s class about caring for our seas. He has them listen to the animals in the ocean and tells them about how important the health of the ocean is.
I thought this story was an awkward combination of lecture and counting animals. The water cycle is mentioned so first graders just learning about that will relate, but the counting to ten part is sort of pre-K.  I also thought the inclusion of phytoplankton was confusing for younger readers. I though the artwork of the sand and ocean was beautiful but the color are so subdued and monotone that the artwork won’t catch the eye of younger readers.   
EL- OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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