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"Big as a bus and smaller than seeds, billions of babies are born in the ocean...." This opening line and later refrain entices readers into a magical, real-life world. Through lyrical, read aloud text and light-hearted and beautiful illustration, Ocean Babies presents the animal babies of the ocean. The giant blue whale contrasts with tiny coral polyps, sea horses pop ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by National Geographic Children's Books
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I love marine life, especially marine mammals, so I really enjoyed these water color illustrations of mother and baby ocean animals. The text is simple and short, but somehow manages to balance didactic scientific facts with more poetic language. This would work for many age groups. For my baby, it's a quick bedtime story. Older children would appreciate the pictures, and there is a glossary of facts about all of the featured animals at the end of the book that could be tacked on to story time ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Romelle rated it it was amazing
Simple story with a whimsical narration about the cycle of life in the ocean. Beautiful water colors by Hiroe Nakata. Four-page back matter include interesting facts about the marine life with the reiteration of the text from the book. I appreciated the back matter more than the book itself, but it is wonderful for engaging children in spiking interest in wanting to learn more about the ocean life. Perfect for K-1.
This book is not only adorable but its educational. It teaches about all of the little babies in the ocean and where they are located. One aspect about this book that I love is that in the back there are two pages giving detailed explanations about every animal discussed during the book. I will definitely use this book in my classroom.
Feb 01, 2013 Courtney Bowman rated it really liked it
Ocean Babies go through books from all over the ocean and talk about how they eat, how they swim, very useful information. The talk is not extremely babyish, so older children until about third grade might like this book.