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Fun Exploring Under & On the Sea

Today’s selection of ‘sea and do’ books is reviewed by Debbie Glade.

t6415_main_1Your daughter will have oodles of fun reading, learning and doing with Oodles of Ocean Fun from American Girl. This spiral bound book is chock full of unique activities, all with an ocean theme of course. Inside you’ll find pages to unfold, rip out and tear apart. There are posters, puzzles, cards, crafts, stickers, pages to color and facts to read. It’s always exciting for a child to get a busy book like this one. There’s enough stuff in here to keep her entertained for hours, making this is a great book for a car or plane trip or even just a rainy day.

The Oceanology Handbook: A Course for Underwater Explorers by Professor Pierre Aronnax, is one of those lovely, high quality exploration books we’ve come to know and love from Candlewick Press. The book has an old world look with ivory pages, 0763648744medhistorical-looking illustrations, some script writing and a neat scroll design running down one side of each page. It is divided into three sections: Exploring the Oceans: with 12 chapters on the history of the ocean and its vessels; Understanding the Oceans: with 7 chapters on the science of the constantly changing physical nature of the ocean, and Life in the Oceans: with 13 chapters on all the creatures who live under the sea. Readers learn about how the sea is navigated, sunken treasures, currents, tides, the ocean floor, marine plants and animals, the work of Charles Darwin and so much more. In the back of the book is a 4-panel foldout of gorgeous ocean stickers, a beautiful ending to a beautiful book. This one is a definite keeper!

debbieglade1Debbie Glade, today’s guest reviewer, is the author, illustrator and voice talent of the award-winning children’s picture book The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica, published by Smart Poodle Publishing. She visits South Florida schools with her reading, writing and geography programs. For years, Debbie was a travel writer for luxury cruise lines. She writes parenting articles for various websites and is the Geography Awareness Editor for She blogs daily at

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