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A First Book of the Sea

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In a remarkable collaboration, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton celebrate the sea in all its changing moods -- and the place it holds in our hearts and minds.

Ours is a blue planet. The oceans cover more than two-thirds of its surface and constantly calls to us to play, explore, and dream. Our fascination with the sea is as endless as our means of enjoying it -- whether
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)
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Whispering Stories
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nicola Davies is a well-known children’s book author who has produced some stunning non-fiction books and this is another to add to that list.

This book is all about the sea (if you couldn’t guess). It is filled with different fish, whales, birds even things such as a lighthouse and surfer. Each page has a different item and is complete with stunning artwork by Emily Sutton and a poem written by Nicola. The book is split into four parts Down by
This is a fun book to help kids learn all about the sea. ‘A First Book of The Sea’ is a heavy hardback with a paper dust jacket, it’s wider than A4 in size and maybe a little taller too. It’s filled with thick matt pages of beautiful illustrations and text. The book is a non-fiction and is a mix of different types of poetry and facts.

The book is split into four different sections: Down by the Shore, Journeys, Under the Sea and Wonders. Each page or double page contains a piece of text or a poem,
Alex  Baugh
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
We are a sea loving family. We have spent our summers sitting at the shoreline, watching the ebb and flow of the waves, and hoping to catch sight of a pod of dolphins heading to or from their feeding grounds. Easy to see why this book has become an instant favorite in my family. Davies has divided it into four sections: Down by the Shore, Journeys, Under the Sea, and Wonders. In Down by the Shore, Davies explores everything from the seashore to the lighthouse to the harbor, celebrating ...more
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, picture-books
As usual, Davies incorporates a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature into poems that are simple enough for children to understand, but substantive enough to convey complex insights and meditations. Surprisingly extensive for a “first book”, over one hundred pages of short poems are divided into four thematic sections that focus on the seashore, ocean journeys, deep sea, and wonders. Near the end, a double set of bi-fold pages first reveals hundreds of small plankton with their poem, then ...more
Barbara Band
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-school; KS1
Large format book full of glorious illustrations to accompany poems about the sea. From seashells to sandcastles; from sailing ships to shipwrecks; from plankton to whales - the poems encompass a whole range of animals and items connected with the oceans. They're divided into four sections: down by the shore; journeys; under the sea; and wonders. The illustrations are incredibly detailed and you find yourself discovering something new every time you pick up the book. One of the most shocking is ...more
Penny Peck
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Davies has written over 50 poems about the ocean, paired with Emily Sutton's lovely artwork, in this celebration of the sea for kids in Kindergarten through 7th grade. Some are free verse, some rhyme, but most are short and snappy. The work is divided into sections based on areas of the ocean, like the deep or the shore, or types of sea creatures. A must for all school and public libraries.
Trashay Harris
A first book of the sea is very simple for younger readers. It gives readers a look at the creatures in the ocean. It is filled with colorful pictures making it inviting for younger children to read. This story captures the ocean in a fun way for children to enjoy. The story simply makes learning fun for children.
Aliza Werner
A celebration of the ocean split into four main sections. Each page has a poem and lively illustrations. Attention is brought to human interference factors such as plastic disposal and unethical fishing practices. Long form picture book.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations complement this book of poetry about the sea.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature-books, ocean
An excellent book about the ocean that is written in poems!
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is so pretty and has lovely poetry. It will be great for my ocean unit. Recommended.
A coffee table style book that is perfect for dipping in and out of. A nice collection of poetry with accompanying illustrations.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
108 pages in 1h understanding around 70% of Dutch without a dictionary (thanks to my German) is a good start! Enjoyed a book a lot!
Alyssa Gudenburr
A beautifully illustrated collection of poems all about the sea. This book is very long and would be better as an one-on-one story or upper elementary independent read in small chunks.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Davies's verse explores the ocean and the shore, from a day at the beach to global migration stories with lovely watercolor illustrations by Emily Sutton.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A celebration of the sea in this remarkable collection of over fifty poems originally written by zoologist Nicola Davies.
Great Books
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-8-9
Swim with dolphins, explore a tide pool, and peer down on an arctic ocean with a polar bear to see seals and krill. Dive into an ocean of poetry and images that will leave you coming back for more and more. Reviewer #12
Sarah Brooks
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Beautiful illustrations amplify this book of ocean-themed poems.

Multiple literary techniques used for ELA. Also provides nonfictional information for children.

Great for children interested in poetry and topics about the ocean/sea.
Another beautiful book discovered at Scuttlebutt Nautical Books and Bounty in Beaufort, NC. This oversized title with double page spreads about one ocean or nautical topic is lavishly illustrated with watercolor paintings flowing across the entire double page spread. Divided into four sections, “Down by the Shore”, “Journeys”, “Under the Sea”, and “Wonders” The poems cover many nautical subjects from harbors, finding shells, the variety of knots, ocean animals, and yes even plastic. This is a ...more
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"I was very small when I saw my first dolphin," says zoologist Nicola Davies, recalling a seminal visit with her father to a dolphin show at the zoo. Enchanted at the sight of what she called the "big fish" jumping so high and swimming so fast, she determined right then that she would meet the amazing creatures again "in the wild, where they belonged." And indeed she did--as part of a pair of ...more