Dive in and explore the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants in this lyrical, fact-filled ode to the sea! This beautifully illustrated picture book features extensive nonfiction backmatter for further exploration.
We are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows.
In this playful, rhyming celebration of the marine world, readers can explore all of the wondrous things the sea knows. It knows huge whales and small krill; it knows short crabs and tall giant kelp; it knows brightly colored starfish in shallow pools; and in the inky depths it knows the alluring jewel of an anglerfish’s glowing lure.
Discover all of the strange and magnificent underwater creatures in this accessible tribute to the power and mystery of the ocean.
The illustrations are lovely, but the rhyming text is not. Dear authors: Please stop thinking that all picture book text must rhyme. Unless you are very good at it (and most of you are not) it adversely affects the overall quality of your book.
Loved the simple, rhyming text and illustrations. Was troubled by the presence of piranhas in a book about the ocean, since they are a freshwater fish found mostly in South America. When I did research, I did find references to a recent discovery of some salt water piranhas living off the coast of Australia. Still, I find it an odd selection for a book about the ocean - surely there are more well-known fish species that could have fit the bill.
This book has an interesting concept in that it kind of creates a character out of the ocean and then tells the reader all the things that this character can experience. This approach makes this book a little different than other books about the ocean. The story begins by explaining that the ocean is very old and knows many things--some are buried deep within the ocean that we might not even know about. The ocean knows large with a whale and small with krill, smooth with shells and spiny with a blowfish, and the ocean knows different colors of red, gold, green, silver, white, and orange. The ocean also knows what hides and what seeks, what is strong and what is weak, and all kinds of other features of the creatures that make their homes in the ocean. The ocean also knows its relationship to humans with dangerous waves, strong winds, and terrible storms. This book really creates a unique way of looking at the ocean. The illustrations are colorful and detailed--combined with the rhyming text, this book will delight young readers.
This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and six years old. There is some additional information in the back of the book for children to gain at little more knowledge about sea life (some of this information is a little more detailed, so this would appeal to children closer to six years old).
If you are fortunate to stand on the shore of a sea or of an ocean, the memory of being there for the first time will remain with you for the rest of your life. A range of emotions washes over you. You are amazed. You are humbled. You are intrigued. In your mind, this boundless body of water before you generates a multitude of questions. It has answers, some more easily found than others.
By careful observation certain discoveries are disclosed. If you seek other answers, The Sea Knows (A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, May 5, 2020) written by Alice B. McGinty and Alan B. Havis with illustrations by Stephanie Laberis is a marvelous introductory volume revealing many mysteries. It's like taking a tour beneath the blue-green expanse.
A book that will grow with your child. The beginning would be a great board book. The poetry and simple text tells how the Sea "knows" things (knows about the workings of itself). The ending breaks down the poem with more science information, yet never gets dry. It still is straightforward and easily accessible.
A non-fiction picture book about the ocean. Each page has a few short phrases, most beginning with "the sea knows...". Much of the story talks about opposites, but it is not consistent. Many ocean creatures are introduced and factual information is included in the back.
Lovely illustrations. This is a rhyming book, which I sometimes don't like, but these rhymes all pretty much work. Lots to learn and lots to see and discuss on each page. This would work for storytime or one on one. More detailed info at the end is nice too.