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In the Sea [Hardcover]

David Elliott , Holly Meade

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Book Description

Feb. 14 2012
A New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts.

The briny deep is home to an enormous variety of fascinating creatures, from the dainty sea horse to the fearsome shark, from the spiny sea urchin to the majestic blue whale. In striking woodcut illustrations, diverse creatures glide through blue and green waters, while succinct, witty poetry examines their behavior and interactions. In this companion volume to On the Farm and In the Wild, David Elliott and Holly Meade explore the depths of the ocean in a collection of poems sure to thrill budding oceanographers and landlubbers alike.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Feb. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644987
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 26.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elliott and Meade's newest collaboration is a playful exploration of life in the sea... The poems are tailor-made for reading aloud, with vocabulary sophisticated enough to challenge emerging readers while also engaging them inthe fun of wordplay... A magnificent merger of words and images. It will not only appeal to poetry fans, but to all those children who marvel over the mysteries of the deep.
—Booklist (starred review)

Meade’s trademark woodblock prints and watercolors are intricate, action-filled, and artfully designed, while Elliott’s brief poems are a linguistic treat... An eye-catching introduction to the beauty of the creatures that live "in the briny deep."
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

David Elliott is the author of many books for young readers, including On the Farm and In the Wild, the companion books to In the Sea. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling picture book And Here's To You!, illustrated by Randy Cecil. David Elliott lives in New Hampshire.

Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner; ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, and IN THE SEA by David Elliott; and many others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars this author/illustrator team is a hit! Aug. 26 2012
By Deborah Sandford - Published on Amazon.com
Oversized at 10.5" by 11.5", this bold and beautiful book is an eye catcher! Large, bold black type, over stunning woodcut and watercolor full, two-page spread illustrations. The poems are fun and interesting. Great for storyime in the classroom or library
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read aloud. April 13 2014
By Laura A. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
The short, rhyming poems and intriguing illustrations make this book a great read aloud for younger kids.
Can be used to celebrate poetry or introduce readers to different sea creatures--some they know and some new ones.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book Feb. 28 2013
By Wise_Buyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful pictures with great rhyming verse. Borrowed at library and had to have it at home. Kids don't get tired of it. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhyming sea-worthy verses with strong illustrations Aug. 15 2012
By Vera - Published on Amazon.com
I am sure you are all beginning to realize that I thoroughly enjoy and love lovely children's books. When they are in rhyme, it simply "lights my fire." That said, let's look at bit at what the author and illustrator are bringing to us today. I see pictures with bold, black definitive lines yet the art is fluid. The colors reminiscent of the sea in all the watery colors. Now let's look a bit at some of the rhymes that tell us about life under the sea.

There are a variety of types of poems in the book.

The Puffer Fish
A trickster.
A clown.
A magician.
A buffoon.
One minute
she's a fish;
the next,
she's a balloon.

Or how about the lovely "The Sea Horse" poem! Picture, poem, and a fact. Learning with enjoyment. That is what a good children's books is all about.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful poetic descriptions, beautifully illustrated Aug. 5 2012
By Books for Children - Published on Amazon.com
Not a story but rather a collection of simple yet powerful poetic descriptions of beautifully illustrated sea creatures.

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