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In the Sea

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A New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts.

The briny deep is home to an enormous variety of fascinating creatures, from the dainty sea horse to the fearsome shark, from the spiny sea urchin to the majestic blue whale. In striking woodcut illustrations, diverse crea
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Candlewick
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Mar 04, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2012
This collection contains the perfect poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Janet Squires
Elliot combines simple rhymes and rhythms with a sophisticated use of language to delight young readers and listeners alike. Elegant descriptions of both familiar and unusual creatures introduce the audience to the denizens of the deep.

The Sea Horse
See the sea horse in the sea.
Where else would the sea horse be?
For though it's dainty as a wish,
the sea horse is, you see, a fish.

Meade translates the word pictures into marvelous woodcut prints that beautifully convey the mystery and motion of the oc
Brittany Martz
Oct 21, 2014 Brittany Martz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This poetry book includes wonderful information about sea creatures. The illustrations that go along with the poems are fabulous as well. Every time you turn the page a huge illustration is displayed about the topic of the poem and then the poem is written as well. I can see myself using this book in my classroom for several different purposes. I think my students would love the illustrations and learn so much from reading this book. One of the topics that teachers sometimes have to cover in sci ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Lovely woodblock and watercolor illustrations are the highlight of this book of ocean-themed poems. The poems are short and spunky and fun to read aloud. Very nice imagery.

The Starfish

Five fingers,
like a hand,
the starfish shines
in a sky of sand.
(p. 11)

Elizabeth Lauver
Oct 19, 2014 Elizabeth Lauver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
In the Sea, by David Elliot, is a variety of poems that I really enjoyed reading and will have in my classroom library someday. I particularly enjoyed the poem about the sea turtle, because the sea turtle is my favorite animal and found it fascinating the way the author wrote the poem about the sea turtle. This poem captured my attention because it was detailed and it was in my interest area. I believe that my future students would enjoy reading the poems in this book because they are about diff ...more
Collin Powell
This book is about sea creatures, with a different creature on each page with descriptions that are written to rhyme and/or in poetic format. I loved this book for reasons that include its child-friendliness, its wonderful use of visual language to describe different sea animals and beautifully painted illustrations showing each animal and its habitat.
I would like to use this book for children who are beginning to get curious about what life is like in the oceans of our planet. It would also be
Jan 25, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. Lovely vibrant illustrations complement a collection of poetry about animals of the sea. I enjoyed that each poem has a different meter and structure - every one is a surprise. However, I found the quality of the poetry to vary. Most were great, but there were one or two that seemed a bit forced to me. Great facts, and interesting (in a good way) content and choice of animals (not just the cute and cuddly ones). Recommended reading for young children interested in the sea ...more
Ally Copper
“In the Sea” by David Elliott is a short book of poetry featuring 17 poems about various creatures that live in the sea. The poems are very brief and feature some clever rhymes that will surprise and delight readers (tuxedo and torpedo, apparition and magician, etc.). My favorite poem is “The Shark.” It contains five lines and only 13 total words, but it captures the essence of this terrifying sea dweller better than a lengthier poem could. This poetry book would be appropriate for children as y ...more
Mary Ann
Mar 25, 2012 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
With grace and skill, Elliott and Meade take well known sea animals and help us look at them in new ways. Combining playful, short poems with dynamic woodblock prints, they draw your attention in and ask you to think just a little more about each of these animals.

Each poem starts with what a child knows, but then extends the image just a bit more. See Elliott's poem on the dolphin:
"The Dolphin
He jumps.
He leaps.
He twirls.
He spins.
He's the jester
of the briny deep,
an acrobat with fins."
David Elliot
Apr 08, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Teachers will certainly want to add this to their classroom collection since it serves dual purposes: poetry that's fun to read aloud and informative lines that teach readers about marine life. The dedication to the Gulf of Mexico reminds readers of the interdependence of species, a lesson that can never be repeated often enough, giving humans' disregard for the environment. While I enjoyed the earlier two titles from this creative team (On the Farm and In the Wild), this one appealed to me even ...more
Vera Godley
Aug 15, 2012 Vera Godley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young children
My thoughts: I am sure you are all beginning to realize that I thoroughly enjoy and love lovely children's books. When they are in rhyme, it simply "lights my fire." That said, let's look at bit at what the author and illustrator are bringing to us today. I see pictures with bold, black definitive lines yet the art is fluid. The colors reminiscent of the sea in all the watery colors. Now let's look a bit at some of the rhymes that tell us about life under the sea.

There are a variety of types of
Michelle Murphy
Oct 25, 2012 Michelle Murphy rated it liked it
"In the Sea" written by David Elliot is very poetic, educational and beautifully illustrated. The book follows sea creatures like the dolphin, the blue whale, sea horses, sharks and more all while entrancing us with lovely lexicon.

This book is intended for early readers. Appealing to oceanic surveyors and young marine biologists, children will be attracted to it's colorful pictures and brilliant facts. Even though I found many "big" words sprinkled throughout the book, I am huge proponent for t
Amy Forrester
Jul 12, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This vibrantly illustrated collection of nearly 20 poems explores and celebrates marine life from the tiniest sardine and briny shrimp to the impressively massive whale and giant squid. Sea creatures fill every inch of the pages and the poems are scattered about to be discovered like sand dollars on the beach.

Poems vary in length from one word to a few sentences. Some poems stand well on their own, while others are more meaningful when read/recited in a cluster. The poems are great for expanding
Ruth Sophia
May 25, 2015 Ruth Sophia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This is my favorite of these books (On the Farm, In the Wild, In the Sea, and On the Wing). The sea is the perfect venue for Meade's woodcut and watercolor illustrations - it beautifully captures the way that things just look different in the water. The poems are short, informational, and often witty. A wonderful way to introduce children to life in the sea. I checked the book out from the library, and plan on making it a part of our home library.
Sarah Harmon
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Harmon rated it it was amazing
In the Sea is an amazing book with so much color. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful and make what the author is writing about, come to life. On each page, it talks about all the different animals that live in the sea. The author put this book together perfectly through his flawless rhyming. I would definitely have this book in my classroom. It would become a great tool for when I plan to teach on different animals or just on the ocean. This is a good book and I would recommend it t ...more
Marie Ramirez
Oct 10, 2014 Marie Ramirez rated it really liked it
In the Sea, is a good short poetry book for children in the primary grades. The poetry is short and simple, not more than a few lines. Some of the poems rhyme and others have a rhythm to how you speak them. The poems give the children a good amount of imagery as well both in describing words and figurative language as well as in illustration. The book has poems for the common animals of the sea and would be a great way to start poetry in a content area of learning about the ocean.
May 05, 2012 Shellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
A clever look at the critters in the sea - thus the title. The illustrations a re captivating and large, I like them. The words are few and some too large for a children's book. The child will not be to read them, the adult will need to explain what they mean. Here are the questionable words; apparition, briny, elegant, torpedo, carapace, ferocious, cunning, sheath. And there are a few phrases that though the words are fine putting them together makes the phrase difficult for a child to understa ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
Reading Level: Pre-K & Primary
Genre: Poetry
Review: This is an excellent book of poetry geared toward very young children. Each poem is about a sea creature. The poems have magnificent illustrations. I think this book would be a great tool to teach kids about the sea and its creatures. I also think young children would enjoy reading these poems on their own, as they are simple and have a nice flow.
Liz B
Feb 18, 2014 Liz B rated it liked it
The poems do interesting things with language and rhyme, and are far from sing-songy. I think this would probably be fun to read out loud. I decided not to read it with my six-year-old because it rides that line of things he likes--it's not really informative enough for him to enjoy it as nonfiction, and of course there's no story.
Florence Baumgardner
Apr 06, 2013 Florence Baumgardner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All young children.
In the Sea by David Elliott illustrated by Holly Meade
In the Sea is a book of peotry written by David Elliott illustrated by Holly Mead. This book has been written for children of P-Primary ages 3-7. The author uses poems to explore many animals living in the sea from the smallest sea horse, to the talented puffer fish, and ending with the largest animal alive the blue whale. The illustrator use of colors and lines add to the overall feeling of being in the ocean. My childr
Bridget R. Wilson
In his latest poetry collection, David Elliott leaves the wild and farms behind and dives into the deep. His poetry and Holly Meade's woodblock print illustrations celebrate life beneath the waves.

What I thought: Another hit from Elliott and Meade! I've grown so fond of their poetry collections, I ordered a copy of In the Sea for all my library branches. This is poetry for young children at its best. My favorite poems are "The Sea Horse," "The Starfish," and "The Puffer Fish." Holly's woodblock
Christine Turner
Aug 24, 2016 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
A New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts. The briny deep is home to an enormous variety of fascinating creatures, from the dainty sea horse to the fearsome shark, from the spiny sea urchin to the majestic blue whale. In striking woodcut illustrations, diverse creatures glide through blue and green waters, while succinct, witty poetry examines their behavior and interactions. In this co ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
Beautiful woodcut/watercolor? illustrations magically capture the essence of these submerged creatures. The poems are brief, capturing the creatures in an instant with wit and depth.
This book of poetry about creatures of the sea would be the perfect way to stretch students to use unique and bold similes and metaphors. I love the energetic, vibrant illustrations.
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Mar 22, 2013 Grass_Roots Books and Music rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, _neé
This picture book has it all: vivid two-page illustrations (woodcut and watercolor), witty poems, and facts about the fascinating creatures that fill the seas! Fluid, motion-filled images aid in exploring the worlds of both delicate ocean life (sea horses, shrimp, and starfish) and sea behemoths (giant squid, blue whales, and sharks)! This is a great storytime book, especially if you’d like to integrate outdoor fun or a crafty activity. A number of the species can be found during a trip to the b ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
The short, rhyming poems and intriguing illustrations make this book a great read aloud for younger kids.
Apr 17, 2014 Bree rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-poetry
all poems are short but interesting
art is appealing to adults and kids
covers a variety of sea life
best for ages 4-8
Jan 08, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
I really like this simple and short collection of sea themed poetry. The illustrations are bold and fun. Each animal has a descriptive and short poem, perfect for younger students who don't have much exposure to poetry. This would also be a great text to use to kick off a research project with a class of students. Poems for 16 animals are included; 20 if you count The Urchin/Spiny./The Sardine/Tiny./The Mackerel/Shiny./The Shrimp/Briny.

Recommended for elementary school collections, most appeal f
Nov 15, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Love the poems. Love the artwork.
Jan 22, 2016 Alvana rated it liked it
The pictures are beautiful!
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David Elliott is the author of THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS and THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF ROSCOE WIZZLE. He says of AND HERE'S TO YOU!, "My neighbor’s rooster and I were having a disagreement. I wanted to sleep in the morning; he wanted to crow. The rooster won, of course. The first verse of AND HERE'S TO YOU! is a tribute to his victory and to the joys found in simply following your nature."
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