Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love Ms. Formento’s books and how they teach about caring for the environment. Plus she’s a super nice person. 🙂 I’ve already added her next book “These Rocks Count” (Albert Whitman & Co, 2014) to my TBR list!
By Alison Formento
Illustrated by Sarah Snow
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Albert Whitman & Company on March 1, 2013
Theme/Topic- Seas / sea life / environment / counting
Genre- realistic non-fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening –
“Something happened to Sunnyside Beach. Something bad. So on Beach Clean-Up Day. Mr. Tate’s class wanted to help. When they arrived at the seashore, they met Captain Ned.”
Mr Tate’s class travels to Sunnyside Beach to help clean it up. Pollution and trash can make the sea life sick. When the kids are at the beach they listen to the ocean and see how all of the wild life at the beach counts (literally and figuratively).
Why I liked this book – I love how Ms. Formento makes her books into a 1-10 counting book with an awesome story behind it. So kids not only learn an important environmental lesson, they also learn to count to 10. I like how in this book, you also learn a little bit about 10 sea animals (one or two sentences each). The illustrations by Sarah Snow are pretty and full of texture (I read that she uses “digital collage” to make them). They add a lot to the story. Ms. Formento really writes a great non-fictiony fiction book, along with the cool illustrations by Ms. Snow, and together they make a wonderful informational book for young kids to enjoy! 😀
Activities and Resources –
Ms. Formento has a teachers guide to go along with her book. The guide covers vocabulary, reading comprehension, learning about the sea and sea life and much more. You can download it HERE. Plus there is a great information section about sea life in the back of the book.
Ms. Formento’s website is really great (click HERE to go THERE. She has all kinds of interesting things to go with all of her books. I reviewed These Bees Count (Albert Whitman & Company 2012) last year (see my review HERE).
Take a virtual field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore! The website is packed with all kinds of great information about sea life and conservation. They even have a shark cam! Click HERE to go to the aquarium.
Check out the trailer for These Seas Count!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!