OVER IN THE OCEAN: IN A CORAL REEF
Written by Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Jeannette Canyon
Dawn Publications, 2004
Over in the Ocean is a counting book written in verse that follows the format and rhythm of "Over in the Meadow." There are many reasons to recommend this book. First, it's an excellent book to read aloud. Second, the book has an attractive layout and the colorful, three-dimensional illustrations, shaped entirely from polymer clay, are really gorgeous and eye-catching. Third, the number words are printed in different colors to distinguish them from the rest of the text. Next, the author includes the full text of Over in the Ocean on one page at the end of the book along with the music to which it is to be sung. Other resources included in the back matter are the following:
- Additional information about the coral reef and the animals named in the book
- Fingerplay Fun! with directions for different hand movements children can make when singing the song
- Tips from the Artist
- A Sampling of Nature Awareness Books from Dawn Publications
Here's an excerpt from the book:
Over in the ocean
Far away from the sun
Lived a mother octopus
And her octopus one.
"Squirt," said the mother.
"I squirt," said the one.
So they squirted in the reef
Far away from the sun.
The manuscript for Over in the Ocean was reviewed by the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center.