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Book: Ocean Hide and Seek
Author: Jennifer Evans Kramer
Illustrator: Gary R. Phillips
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934359-91-4 (hard cover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-607180-36-4 (paperback)
Related website: www.SylvanDellPublishing.com
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: ages 4-8 (grades P-3)
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Kramer, Jennifer Evans. Ocean Hide and Seek (published in 2009 by Sylvan Dell Publishing). Have you ever looked out at the wide sea and wondered what kinds of things lie beneath it where there are so many places to hide? There are clownfish who swim among the poisonous tentacles of the sea anemone. Catsharks hunt prey, and whale shark swims into sight then fades away, both protected by their disruptive coloration. A leafy sea dragon mingles in with seaweed. The great white shark is a sneaky foe. The deep-sea bristlemouth seems almost invisible because of its counter illumination. Blue tangs blend in with the colors of the coral reef. Tiny crabs hide in kelp. An octopus mimics a deadly sea snake. Pipefish look just like blades of sea grass. And queen parrotfish can make a clear, mucus “cocoon” to cover their scent when they sleep.
Whether people live on the coast or far inland, I think that everyone is fascinated with the ocean and the great variety of life that teems within it. Jennifer Evans Kramer’s lyrically rhyming text will give children a sense of wonder at what lives beneath the rolling waves, and the illustrations by Gary R. Phillips will provide a feeling of what it is actually like to be down there. The “For Creative Minds” section has four pages of activities about animal hide and seek, animal classification, and “Food for Thought.” Additional information about “Related Websites” and “Teaching Activities” may be found at Sylvan Dell Publishing’s website to help parents and teachers to expand the learning possibilities. Furthermore, the author is donating a portion of her royalties to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Ocean Hide and Seek is a wonderful resource for youngsters who are interested in the sea.