Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose


Roses is a beautiful island, but Blue Ocean Bob is not content living there. He wants a fuller life. Bob and his reluctant bird companion, Xena, embark in his boat, hoping for guidance from sea creatures. The pair encounters a dolphin, who directs them to Doc the wise sea turtle. Doc lives in a lagoon with a sunken ship. Doc told Xena and Bob that the road to contentment begins by looking inside oneself and realizing one's passion. What does that mean? And will it help Blue Ocean Bob find his purpose in life?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Beautiful illustrations and an inspirational message will appeal to young readers and adults alike.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although the book is recommended for preschool and up, the vocabulary and concepts may be a bit complex for very young readers.

Young Reader Reaction

When I read this with my first graders, I needed to explain the meanings of many words. Because of challenging vocabulary - both in pronunciation and meaning - I recommend Blue Ocean Bob for grades 2 and up. Despite the difficult to sound out words (sight words), the children loved the story and illustrations and want to grow into a better reader with this book.

Young Reader Reaction

Teen: The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, is a treat to read. Olbry highlights important values such as ambition, resourcefulness and teamwork. With a fun rhyming pattern, numerous sea creatures, and an engaging story, this book is a perfect bedtime story for children 5 to 7 years old.

Adult Reader Reaction

Blue Ocean Bob's message is that happiness comes from pursuing your passion, or more simply put, "follow your dreams." The beautiful illustrations in Blue Ocean Bob create a lively seaside world and the maps let readers track Bob's journey to Doc's Lagoon.

This is a great book for kids transitioning to the next year in school, or those who are starting to think about what their passion is. This book may be more suited for a teacher read-aloud book for first grade, rather than a student read book.

Type of Book:
Blue Ocean Bob is a picture book series built on the concepts of personal growth.
Educational Themes:

Using the map on the inside covers, readers can build spatial reasoning skills by tracking Bob's journey as he sails from his dock at the beach, as he stops at the dolphins, and finally as he reaches Doc's Lagoon. Readers are set up to make predictions about Bob's path based on the illustrations on the map, and may imagine what else Bob might do in his island world.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ educator, who read the book with their first grade class.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a lovely book to share. It may be a nice gift for a student getting ready to graduate from elementary or middle school to celebrate their growth and personal discovery.

Title Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose

 Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob series

Author Brooks Olbrys
Publisher Children's Success Unlimited © 2011
Illustrators Aleksandra Beaucher
ISBN 9780982961308
Material Hard Cover
Genres Adventure, Life Lessons
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