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Mister Seahorse

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,859 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
A stunning new picture book from Eric Carle about Mister Seahorse and other 'male mothers', with special acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As he floats through the sea, Mister Seahorse meets a Mr Stickleback, Mr Tilapia, Mr Kurtus and many other fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways.
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Puffin (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle is a very colorful story that introduces children to "male mothers" who are left responsible to care for the eggs.

It's super colorful like other Carle books, but what we loved most about it was the intermittent clear pages that cover and hide other fish. Children will love the discoveries they find underneath. It's also a good size hardcover with large pages and text.

Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 that hatches and watches over the eggs, the new generation. Recommended for young children interested in science, sea creatures, ecology, Mister Sea ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-h-books
This book is beautiful to look at! I beamed with delight as soon as Mom held it up in front of me. She said she likes how it "subtly challenges gender norms by highlighting fathers engaged in child-rearing activities." I don't know what a "gender" is, but I have a great-grandpa and he is a Norm. Whatever you say, Mom! -M
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A male seahorse does his duty as the dad taking care of the eggs! As he floats through the sea we meet other fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways.

My nephew LOVED, LOVED the acetate pages. They so delighted him that when the pattern was broken near the end of the book he was QUITE disappointed! We loved the illustrations too! He's gotten into making his drawings into watercolors with his grandmoth
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A very cute celebration of fatherhood--just when I need it most.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This book struck me as kind of repetitive when I first read it (and it is), but my two-year-old really likes it and requests it often, so it's grown on me.

The illustrations are amazing as usual, with bright, nontraditionally colored seahorses. The narrative itself is interspersed with some fish that "hide" behind nearly-transparent pages, which is fun for kids.

The other great thing about this story is that it focuses on fathers in the animal kingdom. Even though the fish here are anthropomorph
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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