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Mister Seahorse

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When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle's heart-warming "New York Times" bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear "peek-a-boo" pages that made...more
Published May 4th 2006 by Puffin Bks (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 20, 2012 Gundula rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young children interested in ecology, science, sea creatures
With a simple, informative text, combined with Eric Carle's magical, colourful illustrations (I love all of them, but I think my favourite is the depiction of the lion fish hiding among the coral reefs), this absolute gem of a picture book demonstrates in a fun, but educational manner that especially in the ocean, it is often the male of the species which hatches and watches over the eggs, the new generation. Recommended for young children interested in science, sea creatures, ecology, Mister Se...more
This is such a fun book! I love Eric Carle stuff, anyway, but hadn't tried anything new for awhile. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I go WAY back!) This has all the whimsy and color that makes Carle's art so distinct, and some fun surprises for kids like film-y pages with seaweed and such painted on them so it appears that certain fish are hiding behind it until you turn that page. What is especially fun is that the book is about fathers caring for their young (eggs). I didn't realize that the...more
Mr. Seahorse and Mrs. Seahorse are going to be parents! Mrs. Seahorse lays the eggs in Mr. Seahorse’s pouch and then he has the job of taking care of those eggs until they hatch. As he waits, he meets several other father fish who are in charge of their eggs or babies. In the end, the babies successfully leave Mr. Seahorse and his life goes back to “normal.” This is a beautiful book, in typical Eric Carle style, with amazing artwork and soft colors befitting the ocean. The storyline, however, le...more
Lauren Fidler
the art in this book is beautiful. the story creeps me out.

the narrative begins with mrs. seahorse wiggling and waggling and doing some sort of weird babydance and putting some eggs into mr. seahorse's pouch.

i love a little sex in my books, but the procreative habits of seahorses doesn't really scream "bedtime story!" to me.

then, mr. seahorse traverses the ocean where he meets several other men who are carrying their own baby-eggs safely across the waters (while passing hidden fishies along the...more
A very cute celebration of fatherhood--just when I need it most.
Critique- Picture Book/Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Mr. Seahorse must care for Mrs. Seahorses’ eggs until they hatch. As he is waiting for the eggs to develop and hatch, he drifts through the sea and he meets other father fish that are taking care of eggs as well. By the end of the story the baby seahorses hatch and must begin life on their own.

a. Illustrations/Pictures
b. The illustrations are done in very vivid colors, and in the technique that is very typical of Eric Carle, through collage/water...more
Repetitive and bizarre, this story might just be the only Eric Carle book I’m not wild about. I picked it up before picture book time once, thinking to myself "Anything by Eric Carle must be at least decent, right?" Big mistake. You know those picture books that are just plain *strange*? -- the ones where the illustrations don't make sense or overshadow the plot line, or where the narrative is pointless and pedantic? This is one of those books. The story, clearly intended to instruct children on...more
Simon Joseph
Mister Seahorse tells the story of a father-to-be seahorse, and his encounters with a variety of other male sea creatures who are also awaiting little ones - and who are all acting as 'primary carers'.

We meet Mr. Tilapia, who is holding his eggs in his mouth, Mr. Kurtus, who holds them on his head, and many other expectant new age dads.

The message gets a bit lost at one point - for example, when Mr. Bullhead says he is 'babysitting' - and it seems as if perhaps more could have been made of the...more
Another where I can appreciate the sentiment. Fathers can nurture their children too. But, it's another that is full of clunky mouth fulls of repetition. I know that young children like repetition, but my son does not particularly care for this kind.

And, frankly, some of the dialogue just creeps me out. Also, the part about the father "babysitting" his children rubbed me the wrong way, and seemed like a misstep in a book about how dads can be awesome too. It's parenting, not babysitting! Geeze...more
Jan 16, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I thought this was a wonderful story about various sea creatures, demonstrating a few examples in nature where the father takes an active role in either caring for the eggs or the babies (or perhaps both). This is a typically illustrated book for Mr. Carle and our girls enjoyed the drawings and the vellum pages that hide a few surprising fish. Overall, a great story that provides an opportunity to generate a few questions/discussion between parent and child. We've read this book a few times.
What a great dad Mr. Seahorse is! He floats through the ocean with Mrs. Seahorse’s eggs in his pouch.
In his travels, he meets up with other caring fish fathers. One is Mr. Tilapia, who keeps the eggs safe in his mouth until they hatch. Another is Mr. Pipe, whose eggs are on his belly.
As is his habit, award-winning author-illustrator Carle uses a light touch to expose youngsters to our natural world. Cheery painted tissue-paper collage introduces each new fish father. On one colorful double p...more
This is about a papa seahorse whose carries his female partner's eggs around. (We only see her at the beginning.) He meets other male fish who also take care of their young. At the end, the baby seahorses leave him to be on their own.

This book was neat because it told about various kinds of fish. Also, it showed dads as caretakers of children.
The nice thing about this book was that it teaches how in some fish families, the male takes care of the eggs. However, I don't care for Carle's art, and the repetition of Mr. Seahorse meeting other fish was too, well, repetitive. The gimick of the overlay pages seemed to be just that--a gimick.
My girls like all things ocean life. This was right up their alley and they have been asking a lot about seahorses -- even though when we went to the aquarium they walked right by them without a second look while I wanted to stay and watch awhile. I digress. :) The pages are fun with the return of the vellum and animals hiding. The story of many different roles of male fish in the ocean is intriguing. I think I like it even more as I was raised by a single parent dad.

However, the one thing that...more
Andrea van der Hoek
Of course, the illustrations in this book are beautiful. I love that Eric Carle is able to educate about animals through his art and stoytelling, but this book left a little to be desired. One fish toward the end of the book says he is "babysitting" his children. One does not babysit their own children! It was irritating to me that although this book is all about father fish that take great care to nurture their growing offspring, it perpetuates the stereotype that fathers cannot be the primary...more
Jocelynn Te
Oct 17, 2013 Jocelynn Te rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with small children
Mister Seahorse is a picture book written and illustrated by Eric Carle (also known for The Hungry Caterpillar). The book is about Mister Seahorse who carries the baby seahorse eggs in his pouch until they are ready to hatch, and he meets many other male fish along the way many of whom also take care of the eggs. It has won the following awards: Publishers Weekly Best Book 2004
Book Sense Book of the Year: Nominee 2005
IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book 2005

I quite enjoyed the book, as I didn't know t...more
Christiana Tarpley
This is a great book to teach a fish/egg lesson. In this book, the father of the egg takes care of the eggs before it hatches. Throughout the story the seahorse interacts with the other fish including: lionfish, tilapia, trumpet fish, leaf fish, and a stonefish.

Lesson Ideas:
-Create and identify the different stages of the egg process using a storyboard/graphic organizer.
-Compare and contrast between different types of egg processes

This is a fun lesson found from Eric Carle's offical site
Read Mis...more
Myriam B.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he al...more
Eric Carle is always wonderful. Mister Seahorse has (as you might have guessed) a lovely underwater theme compounded by semi transparent panels that hide various creatures of the deep. These elements alone would have been enough to recommend it but the real icing on the cherry is the crux of the book; Daddies caring for Baby! An important lesson for all ages and great for Father/Daughter bonding. Well done, Mister Seahorse.
This Eric Carle book is about the many ways underwater fathers help with babies. Children love looking through this book uncovering the images behind the special art covered transparency pages (always fun). This book is a good informational story going over interesting facts about various creatures found in underwater environments, life cycles and camouflage.
Micaela Clark
Let me start by saying I love Eric Carle, more so his artwork. His artwork has always attracted me to his work actually. I chose this one not just because of the author but because the cover looked like a childhood drawing, and because I had no idea that Eric Carle had done anything involving underwater creatures.
I was all too happy to read this book, andI expected the simplicity and repetitiveness (as they are Carle's trademarks) but I was surprised by the end. I didn't completely understand i...more
Matthew Meehan
I thought that this book was similar to A House for Hermit Crab because it is set in the ocean and filled with plants and animals. As a teaching tool, this book could be used in many ways. First, there are all the fish and plants that the children can be exposed to and learn. Also, there is a theme of father parenting. I think this could be very instructive for children because it shows them that parenting is not only a “mom thing”, as even creatures that are nothing like humans, have fathers th...more
Meg McGregor
A wonderful board book that clearly illustrates the importance of fathers in parenting!

Little ones will learn that there are fish families where the father, not the mother, are the most nurturing parent.

Lots of fun to read, with Eric Carle's classic style of illustrations, and window pages for even more entertaining reading.
Erica Cowhick
This book has received the Laura Inglla Wilder award. In most cases, the female lays the eggs. In this book, Mr. Seahorse takes care of Mrs.Seahorses eggs. Mr.Seahorse travels through the ocean by a variety of other fish. The fish include: a lionfish, tilapia, trumpet fish, leaf fish, and a stonefish. Most fish families, the mother lays the eggs and the father fertilizes them and then they are left on their own. In this book, the other fish take care of the eggs and do not leave them on their ow...more
Sharon B
I absolutely love Eric Carle's books. This is one I was not familiar with. It's so much fun to read children's books again -- this time for grandchildren. The unique see-through pages were fun, as well as the fun facts about some unique sea animals.
Rubi Herrera
Cute book.....As usual from Eric Carle :)
I didn't know there were so many other sea creatures besides the seahorse where the "father" helped care for the young! it was a relevation! haha
would recommend to anyone into sea creatures or Eric Carle fans :)
Andrea Ference
In this story, Mister Seahorse, Eric Carle did a fantastic job explaining the unique process of the seahorse. He shows the transition of the eggs from the mother to the father's pouch and how he takes care of the children until they are released. Within the book, the illustrations are made up of beautiful colors from the rainbow. There are also clear pages of coral reefs, rocks, reefs, and more that have creatures hiding behind them. Most importantly, in Eric Carle's book, it also shows that oth...more
Eric Carle has always fascinated me with his artwork. The texture and color play off each other in a lovely, simple yet sophisticated manner. His stories are told in a straightforward way; however, there is a magical component.
The story line is so-so, but the illustrations are gorgeous and definitely catch my little one's attention. This book has been requested many times during story time and is very much enjoyed by my almost 3-year old.
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