It rhymes sweetly. The creatures aren't only the typical ones. It has a great "Fun Facts" sheet at the end. Sounds nice enough, right? It's really a great book of this genre just considering these things. But guess what?
It also has hidden numbers!
That's right, there is a number hidden on each page. It's a great learning game within an already worthwhile book. Some are more difficult to find than others, but my 2.5 year old was able to find most of them after a couple of times through. It's the ranking favorite in our house this week, which is extremely hard to achieve for a book without trucks or trains in it. Kids ages 2-4 would probably be able to get a kick out of it.
About the Author:
Jennifer Ward, actually holds a degree in Elementary Education. She has received too many writing awards to name and has been featured in Martha Stewart's magazine. She and the illustrator, Kenneth Spengler, have published a few other books that seem to have similar content to this one ("Over in the Garden" and "Somewhere in the Desert") but I haven't seen them yet. I can't vouch for these two immediately but based on the success of "Somewhere in the Ocean" in our household, we'll be looking for them.
Suggested Discussion Questions/Activities:
1. Does your child want to draw a number or letter in to a picture with you?
2. What other animals live in the ocean?
What's your kid's favorite book this week?