Synopsis from Quarto Knows:
Seagrass Dreams is a unique counting book and introduction to marine life that stars animals who make their home in seagrass. While learning to count from 1 to 11, meet a host of marine animals, such as the great barracuda, yellow stingray, bucktooth parrotfish, and chocolate chip sea star. Find out each animal’s name, scientific name, natural habitat, and more! Seagrass Dreams features gorgeous illustrations, adding a colorful and engaging element to this delightful book. Seagrass Dreams closes with a list of the common species of seagrass, their scientific names, and where each can be found.
About: Seagrass Dreams: A Counting Book is a children’s picture book written by Kathleen M. Hanes and illustrated by Chloe Bonfield. It was published on 5/8/17 by Seagrass Press, imprint of Quarto Knows, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are non-fiction, marine life, and picture book. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 7, grades PreK to 2. According to the publisher’s website, “the Quarto Group makes and sells great books that entertain, educate and enrich the lives of adults and children around the world.” It was founded in London in 1976 and sells books across 49 countries and in 37 languages. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Seagrass Dreams: A Counting Book on 5/13/17 and again on 5/20/17 as a bedtime story for my 5 year-old son and we finished it that same night. This book is excellent because it introduces readers about grass growing in the ocean floor called seagrass! I had no idea how important these seagrass is. It provides a safe habitat for marine animals to reproduce, safety for the babies to grow against predators, and food for them to eat. The seagrass also helps prevent soil erosion and store carbon to prevent the ocean from becoming acidic. This book is filled with information that is as new to me as it is new to my son and we loved it!
In this book, readers will learn the importance of seagrass and ten different marine animals that lives in the ocean floor by the seagrass. This is a counting book; therefore, first page introduces one great barracuda floating over the seagrass looking for dinner and second page introduces two yellow stingrays who lay beneath the seagrass looking for small shrimps and worms to eat. My son loves the different sea animals, especially one called tubular sea cucumber because we have never seen one before. My son also count up the animals in each page to confirm the numbers. I love the illustrations of the sea life in this book! I love the stories of each animals and what they do swimming near the seagrass.
This book is too awesome for kids! The fun facts amazes me! I love that the author provides a picture of each animals and how they truly look like in real life. My son also enjoys learning the names of each animals, regular names and scientific names which we have a hard time trying to pronounce. That tubular sea cucumber is really ugly looking! haha.. and that’s gross to know that many Asian countries hunt them for food! I love that this book also has a glossary because my son and I learned a lot of new vocabularies! There is also a map of the world that shows where you can find seagrass meadows and where these 10 different animals can be found. Looks like they don’t all live in one place. This book is the most amazing and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: counting, illustrations, types of marine animals, sea life, nature, non-fiction, fun facts, glossary, world map, pictures
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Kathleen Hanes has received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida, where she studied seagrass both in the field and in the laboratory. While researching in the Bahamas, she spent 18 months cutting seagrass into small turtle-size bites to study the effect that reintroducing sea turtles would have on the ecosystem there. Kate currently teaches at Washington University and lives in St. Louis with her family and two cats, Jack and Annie. (Info obtained from Quarto Knows website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Quarto Knows for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.