OVER IN THE OCEAN by Marianne Berkes

OVER IN THE OCEAN

In a Coral Reef
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Eye-popping artwork is the star of the show in Berkes’s lively, oceanic counting book, based on the classic children’s song Over in the Meadow. In Berkes’s version, creatures from the coral reef replace terrestrial fauna. She introduces a different animal in each full-bleed spread, but instead of bluebirds and muskrats, she highlights octopuses, pufferfish, and seahorses. Canyon uses polymer clay to create arresting visuals. In one spread, a sea anemone, its hot pink base crowned with rosy-tipped, lime-green tendrils, bursts from the page while mother clownfish darts after a trio of young ones. Their textured scales and vivid patterns stand out against a swirling blue background of coiled clay and small, bubble-like spheres. Young children will enjoy counting the offspring. Backmatter includes music and lyrics, further information about each animal, and an artists’ note explaining how the illustrations were created. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-58469-063-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dawn Publications
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2004




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