Like most kids, my children are fascinated by nature. Their little eyes light up when they learn about the wonderful world around them. They love animals, insects, and of course sea life. We watch a lot of educational documentaries, and my 3 year old is always asking me what kind of fishy that is, or if we can go catch them at the river. (Sorry, Sophie, I don't think we can reel in some dolphins or barracudas from our local river!)
So when I got the opportunity to check out the brand new book, "Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life", I knew my kids would be very excited. This great book by Jim Arnosky is loaded with bright, vibrant illustrations as well as a wealth of information about all of the different forms of sea life. The really neat part is that many of the pages fold out, "centerfold style" so kids can enjoy panoramic views of life under the sea.
As you can see, this book is visually stunning. The images are very realistic looking, and the colors are all deep and vibrant hues. The information given next to the sea life species is informative and factual, but written in a way that older children can easily understand.
I especially love the huge fold-out pages. They really help kids appreciate the different sizes of the fish. These large pages also allow the artist to accurately portray the sea life's natural habitat in a realistic way. And trust me, this illustrator is phenomenal, and spares no detail in these drawings.
Overall, we love "Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life. It's a beautiful book and very informative, so it definitely keeps kids curious and engaged. I would recommend this for older kids, though, as there are scientific terms and the writing is fairly small. I think this would be ideal for ages 7+, if kids are looking for independent reading time. However, we sit down with our toddlers and read this book together as a family. So if you have kids who have a passion for learning about nature, definitely check this book out!
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Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life was published by Sterling Children’s Books in April 2013. The book has a MSRP of just $14.95 for hardcover. This is a great deal since this book is large and quite high-quality.
Below are some links to learn more about the book, the publisher and to purchase the book for yourself.
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I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive a hardcover copy of "Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life" of their own!
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