Top positive review
The images are GREAT, I just wish they left out vacation images.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 27, 2015
This is more than a counting book... This book transports kids to another world and unlocks their imagination. The images are GREAT and very true to real life animals in the sea. I feel it would motivate kids to want to learn more about science particularly biology and aquariums. There were some images that rather underwhelmed me because they were not focused on science, history, or culture and were just images of people on vacation. Here are the following scenes included:
- Open Sea with sharks, sun fish, diving birds, jellyfish, whale, squid, etc. A few Manta-ray are included but only in shadow.
- Water sports with people using inner-tubes, boogie boards, sailing ships, speed boats, etc. This was one of my least favorite pages in the book.
- Icy North with walrus, seals, orca, polar bears, etc.
- Coral Reef with a variety of corals, fish, giant clams, etc.
- By the Seashore with peaople playing in the sand and tide pools. Includes crabs, mussels, oyster-catchers, etc. This page had too many people to my liking.. I wish it focused on the ecosystem instead.
- Underwater forest is a kelp forest with sea otters, starfish, urchins, crabs, fish, etc.
- On a Cruise shows the top deck of a ship with people doing various things like sunbathing to dancing etc. Dolphins are jumping next to the boat. I didn't like the page very much.
- Deep Down shows the deep sea with a dumbo octopus, angler fish, crabs, eels, fish, tube worms, etc.
- Sea Village was the only people focused image that I enjoyed. It had a village on stilts in the water with boats, market, kids playing etc. I particularly liked the bird trying to steal a fish out of grandma's hands and they are locking in a tug-of-war.
- Lost City is an underwater archeology scene with Egyptian and possibly Greek statuary, jars, coins etc. The octopi were a nice touch.
- Chilly South is a scene from an island near Antarctica with penguins, seals, dolphin, albatross, etc.
- Grassy Seabed is a scene from a mangrove with manatees, turtles, fish, spoonbills, catfish, etc.
- Shipwreck is a scene of a shipwrecked boat that has become home to corals, fish, eels, stingray etc.
- At the Aquarium is a list of other things you can find and count in the book so not a more basic image than the rest of the book.
Usage: Count the animals and objects shown on the right edge of the picture. Find the camera in each picture. After completing the entire book, find the 16 other creatures listed on pages 30-31.
Overall, I believe kids are going to enjoy looking at the images even more than counting the objects in them.