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Exploring the Incredible Ocean with Children’s Books

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 11, 2013

Shimmer and SplashShimmer and Splash The Sparkling World of Sea Life

by Jim Arnosky

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hard cover: 42 pages

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

What to expect: Descriptions of many different sea animals and their habitat, with fold-out illustrations

In this beautifully illustrated book, author Jim Arnosky takes the reader on a wonderful exploration of the vast ocean and the many creatures that inhabit it. The book tells personal anecdotes from journals that Mr. Arnosky has kept for many years. The descriptions, as well as the illustrations, are colorful and detailed and give precise information about the many animals that Mr. Arnosky has encountered over the years. It is a wonderful book for all ages.

Moby Dick- Chasing the Great White WhaleMoby Dick Chasing the Great White Whale

by Eric A. Kimmel; Illustrated by Andrew Glass

Reading level: Ages 4-6

Hard cover: 32 pages

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

What to expect: An illustrated re-telling of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

In this beautifully illustrated re-telling of the masterpiece, Moby Dick, readers are introduced to the main characters in a charming rhyming poem. The story unfolds flawlessly and makes the quest accessible to even the youngest readers. The moral of the original story is retold in this one as well–a cautionary tale if ever there was one.

Galapagos-Fur-Seal-Grows-Up-Paperback-Book-Smithsonian-Read-And-Discover-700x700Galapagos Fur Seal At Home in the Tropics and Fur Seal Grows Up

By Victoria Sherrow

Reading level: Ages 3-7

eBook and Paperback: 32 pages and 24 pages

Publisher: Soundprints

What to expect: The life of a fur seal told in two versions–one as an early reader and one for older readers.

Galapagos Fur Seal At Home in the Tropics provides exquisite details of the daily life of a fur seal living on the Galapagos islands. The seal is old enough to hunt for himself and the authors provide age appropriate information about how and what the fur seal eats. In Fur Seal Grows Up, early readers can discover for themselves how a fur seal spends its days. This simplified version of Galapagos Fur Seal provides easy-to-read and understand information.

A Tale of Wild Orcas Grannys ClanGranny’s Clan A Tale of Wild Orcas

By Dr. Sally Hodson

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Dawn Publications

What to expect: Descriptions of the activities of a real orca (killer whale) clan

In this intriguing picture book, Dr. Sally Hodson takes the reader on an adventure with a clan of orcas (also known as killer whales). The clan is led by their 100-year old grandmother whale, who teaches the youngest whales where to hunt and where to play. She brings all the members of the clan together in a celebration of family that resonates with all of us.


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Luisa LaFleur reviews bilingual books for The Children’s Book Review to help parents choose the best books for their budding linguists. She was born in Argentina, attended school in NYC and speaks three foreign languages–Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Formerly an editor in NYC, Luisa is currently a stay-at-home mom to two little ones.

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