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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
Sounds of the Wild: Ocean

Sounds of the Wild: Ocean

Spring 2008 Doing & Learning
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Maurice Pledger
Illustrator: Maurice Pledger
ISBN: 1-59223-473-9
Hardcover Price: $16.95
At first glance, Sounds of the Wild: Ocean appears to be a gimmicky sound-based book: turn the page and a new noise is produced. A two-year-old would likely flip through it just to hear the noises, then abandon it after a dozen passes, having gained nothing from the experience. But at closer look, Sounds of the Wild: Ocean cannot fail to impress. Each of the main pages features a detailed panorama of an ocean scene, accompanied by a high-quality sound effect appropriate to the setting. The illustrative pages are each followed by a pair of pages that identify all of the significant elements of the scene and describe in great detail the animals, their interactions, and their environment. A pre-reader can study the beautiful images, identify favorite animals, and ask questions about the rest of the scene; older readers can delve deeper into the details of ocean life. It may not be a full encyclopedia of ocean life, but it certainly provides plenty of new information, to view and to read (and even to hear).
Emily Crawford   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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