Over In The Ocean: In A Coral Reef


This wonderfully illustrated counting book portrays a variety of colorful ocean life. On each spread there is an underwater mother fish and her young, from 1 to 10, each with a short rhyme.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Bright illustrations, short text, bonus material about teaching kids how to count, and "behind the scenes" looks at how the book was created make this book stand out.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

The boys liked this book. The pages were colorful with lots to see, but they weren't overwhelming. They both wanted to read it again, and my older son made associations between the illustrations here and other books. He also asked "what is that" about the other elements of the page. My 2-year-old is starting to learn to count, and the illustrations made counting fun.

Parent Reaction

I loved this book. The photographs of polymer-clay murals were phenomenal. Brightly colored and just very cool! This book was intelligently created in both pictures and words.

Type of Book:
This picture book is an undesea counting book that also introduces readers to ocean life.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of things to do with this book in addition to counting. You can explore the biology of sea life; and the rhyming lets you make it a musical story. The clay artwork may inspire kids to create their own works of art.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 5
Age of child:
Read with boys 2 and 4 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a delightful book you will want to read over and over and over. There is so much to learn in it.

Title Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef
Author Marianne Berkes
Publisher Dawn Publications © 2004
Illustrators Jeanette Canyon
ISBN 9781584690627
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.95
Genres Math, Poetry, Animal (Nonfiction)
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