Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Suggestions: "Somewhere in the Ocean" by Jennifer Ward

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This isn't your average ocean creatures book.

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?


  1. I love having a new idea for fun kids' books! Thanks for this suggestion. Sounds like a great gift option.

    My preschool boys' favorite book this week is No, David! by David Shannon. They love that David gets in trouble for EVERYTHING, that he runs down the street nekked (gets 'em every time) and that they can read so many of the words.

  2. Thanks, Beth! I'll look for that one the next time we hit the library. Harrison is still learning his sounds, but I love the idea of having fun "first" books to read. I am looking to start a collection of the BOB books, have you seen any of those? Apparently they contain only sight words and words that use the letters' primary sounds.

  3. Searching for it now! My toddler's favorite right now is "Brush your teeth, Max and Millie". Likely because his name is Max and he loves to brush his teeth :) Thanks for participating in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  4. What a fabulous little book - I like the idea of hiding the numbers in the pictures. Thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Hope we'll continue to see you. Cheers!

  5. Just requested this from our library! Thanks for the great review!