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Hello Ocean / Hola Mar

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
A bilingual book that encourages readers to experience the ocean with their five senses.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who love the ocean (and adults as well)
Hello Ocean, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, with illustrations by Mark Estrella is a real feast for the senses. In a poetic, evocative text, a young girl describes how the ocean is her oldest and best friend, how she loves the sights, sounds, the touch, smells and tastes of the sea. I felt myself immersed and enveloped by the text, I could literally see, feel, touch and smell the ocean (I could imagine myself as the little girl, experiencing the waves, the sun, the smell of the salt wind, feel the sand, the ...more
Crystal Marcos
Jul 12, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ocean, beaches, seaside, summer
My family and I just took a short trip to the seaside and I brought this book along to read to my 2 year old daughter. Since we have returned she has asked me to read it to her twice. I like the realistic illustrations of the ocean and beach. What we saw when we were at the ocean was very similar to what was illustrated in these pages (It was a bit colder here than depicted in the story so there weren't people actually swimming but there were some wadding). I would have loved to see someone in t ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 14, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ocean & beach lovers; to teach about and discuss the five senses
Really lovely, realistic style illustrations. I thought they were really great.

The rhyme that makes up the story is okay, and did fit in a lot about the experience of being at the ocean’s edge.

The account of a girl (girls? as it looks like 2 or 3 different girls basically in the same swimsuit outfit) appreciating the ocean via her five senses will resonate with ocean and beach lovers.

I do wish dead and dying fish in a bucket along with showing someone fishing from the sandy beach hadn’t been one
I always loved the beach as a kid, and our "big trip" to the seaside was always the highlight of my year. I know I would have liked this book that celebrates the five senses with ocean imagery.

Veg*n parents note: There is an image of a man fishing, and a reference to the smell of the dead fish in his bucket.
Jul 25, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun book about the ocean. The illustrations are gorgeous and the narrative evokes all of our senses. I love how the scenes depict a bright summer day - I almost needed my sunglasses! I got a pang of nostalgia reading this book, especially now that we live much further away from the seashore. This book was featured as one of the selections for the July 2011: Seaside/Beaches books discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at Goodreads. I'm so glad that we had ...more
Tatiana Giraldo
Mar 02, 2015 Tatiana Giraldo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rhymes in this book describe the unique experience of going to the ocean and using all the senses to describe it.
Elizabeth Lyle
Nonfiction/Twin Text #5: Nonfiction selection: Oceans Alive by Amanda Li and Mark Robertson (Goodreads did not have this nonfiction book)

I paired the nonfiction Oceans Alive with the fiction Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan. While Oceans Alive provides the reader with detailed and interesting facts regarding creatures that live in the ocean, Hello Ocean is a poem in book form about what one might see, feel, smell, taste, and hear when at the ocean. For example, “I taste the ocean and wonder why its
Nadine Jones
Jul 16, 2016 Nadine Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I bought this picture book for my kids quite a few years ago (2011? maybe earlier), probably at one of those book fairs held at the school. We go to the ocean every summer and I thought this would be nice to read to them before our next trip. Our version was in both English and Spanish, which was a bonus. The art work is lovely watercolors, and the text describes a young girl making her annual visit to the ocean and experiencing the beach with each of her five senses.

This is one of the deceptive
Hello Ocean skews a little young since it’s essentially a book about senses. But Ryan doesn’t make it feel like a silly book for little kids, she uses great vocabulary and interesting slant rhymes. Books about senses, at least in my experience, can feel very didactic and very similar to one another. It’s refreshing to see the topic tackled from a nature perspective and a little less heavy-handed with the lesson.

Of course that makes me wonder if this book is better suited to kids who have actuall
Allie Tully
Apr 22, 2015 Allie Tully rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello Ocean is a great book for learning about climates and habitats with young learners. It contains a great deal of plant and animal found at the beach what an experience at a beach would most likely be like. The images created in this book are amazing and beautifully capture the beaches of Southern California. It is written in a rhyming poem and would make for a great, quick read aloud. I could see this being a great book to read to first, second, or third graders. For third grade this would ...more
Aug 05, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Mark Astrella is a beautiful concept book about the five senses set at an ocean beach. A girl experiences the ocean using her sight, hearing, feeling, taste and smell. It's also a celebration of a day at the beach by the ocean.

The descriptive text will introduce some readers to new vocabulary words. The rhyme and rhythm flow as do the waves. The large font and rhyme will make this a successful read-aloud for many young beach lovers. Dark, bolded typ
Megan Piero
This is a beautifully written book about a young girl who spends a day at the beach enjoying every bit of it with all of her fives senses. The entire book is written in both English and in Spanish with the blocks of text right next to each other. The author, Pam Muñoz Ryan, does an excellent job using descriptive language in the book. For example, she writes "waves that pounce in rowdy play, tide that tickles with splashing spray". This book also has an excellent flow to it that reads more like ...more
Alberta Medina
Interest Level: k-2
Lexile Reading Level: Not Available

This happy, realistic fiction poem takes us through a day at the beach with detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations. This is a fantastic book to share with all students but especially English language learners because each page has a Spanish translation of the text. This book would be great to use as an introduction to poetry or as a literature circle book.
Julia Brumfield
This book attracted me with its title and the cover picture for I remembered my own early days when I was introduced to the ocean. Furthermore the words are easy to read and simple for any beginning reader.

The artwork is amazing, beautiful and very detailed. Each page is a full colored picture that illustrates what is being told in the story whether it is bubbly surf, spraying waves, sea gulls soaring the blue dish of sky or the glorious sunset of the day.

The best part is the memories that th
I felt the breeze on my face and could almost smell the salty air as I read this today. It felt like one of those dreamy moments where I was about to be whisked away to a fantasy vacation. The illustrations are startlingly realistic. The text leads readers to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste the ocean. It's also written in both Spanish and English.
Lisa Carroll
Feb 17, 2011 Lisa Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This concept picture book about the five senses, was a pleasant surprise when it came home from our Scholastic order last year. This book uses such descriptive words to describe the ocean through each of the five senses. After reading this book, I felt as though I had just been at the beach. The paintings in the book were so realistic and beautiful. This book also prompted my son to reminisce about his own vacations at the beach. I had to explain that the little girl in the begining of the story ...more
Itzell Valtierra-auyoung
I like this book, it is writing as a poem showing how the girl feels any time she is in the ocean how the ocean looks. This book is good for children 4 and up. The illustration are painting that show more realistic book.
Feb 03, 2015 Gricel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer
Rhyming book with very rich vocabulary. Great for teaching about the ocean. It is full of sophisticated words so I would be reading it in parts to talk about the meanings of them. It has very realistic illustrations that clearly evoke a day on the beach. Ages 4-10.
Borders between traditional science and an expanded defintion. Strong focus on the five senses (sense words were in bold), but also represents her experience as a story and that the ocean is telling her a story
Tymia Woods
Oh the places we can go! This book is a great read during circle time when learning about the ocean. After transforming the classroom into a beach themed setting this would be a great opener to the lesson.
Feb 25, 2008 J-Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is the story of a young girl as she visits the ocean for the day. The book starts saying, “Hello, ocean, my old best friend. I’m here with the five of me again.” I didn’t understand what the five was in reference to until the story progressed and explained how the ocean and beach affected the girls five senses. The book highlights the words that relate to the five senses and the pictures to a good job of supporting the text. The text is also written as a poem and has a strong rhythm and a c ...more
Mell Simons
Jan 14, 2015 Mell Simons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations in this book are exquisite! The story is wonderful, and truly gives children the opportunity to hear and see vivid descriptions of the ocean.
Lauren White
Jan 30, 2016 Lauren White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need a book about 5 senses/ sensory detail in writing for upper elementary? Here's your text! Wish I had used this with my 6th graders! Awesome model text
Jan 28, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gorgeous tribute to the beauty of the ocean by exploring with the five senses.
The ocean looks, sounds, feels, smells, and tastes special!
Dec 08, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it is a great way to introduce kids who have never been to the beach/ocean what it is like. And bonus, it's also in Spanish!
Faith Tydings
Oct 19, 2016 Faith Tydings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, poetry-styled book that will make you desperate to put your toes in the sand and visit the beach.
Amber Lewis
This is a wonderful book for any teacher to have in their classroom library. It is about a young girl and her family spending the day at the beach. The book is written in a poetic form, and focuses on the five senses. A great feature is that the book is written in both English and Spanish, opening the door to use this book in a lesson with English and ELL students. Also, the figurative language used throughout the book can help students broaden their skills at becoming more creative writers. The ...more
May 31, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, almost photographic illustrations take the reader through the 5 senses at the beach.
Experience the beach with all five senses.

Good for toddler or preschool storytimes.
Nov 22, 2014 Eugenie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edu-511
NY, Scholastic, 2002
This is a beautiful rhyming picture book. The bright illustrations enhance the text. The poem focuses on the five senses; each sense is highlighted as the verses progress.
"Amber seaweed, speckled sand
bubbly waves that kiss the land,
drying kelp and musty shells
I love the way the sea smells."
This could be a great addition to many types of lesson. I would use it to discuss the 5 senses to kindergarten students. The rhyming text is appealing and cheerful.

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