Somewhere in the Ocean

Somewhere in the Ocean
by Jennifer Ward
by Kenneth Spengler

book summary, DRA & Lexile 
reading levels, and more

Somewhere in the Ocean is set to the tune of 'Over in the Meadow' and features a variety of plants and animals that live in the ocean, from clown fish, sea turtles and hermit crabs to tiger sharks, jellyfish, and manatees. The text is fun and (for the most part) the rhyming works, but truthfully, it's Kenneth Spengler's eye-catching gouache paintings that really grab your attention. Booklist called them "graceful of line and glowing with color." Well said.

Numbers are hidden throughout the spreads, adding a little extra fun to the counting aspect of the book. Additionally, several pages of 'fun facts' are included at the end, providing details on the sea creatures discussed and their habitat. And, for teachers and parents who are musically inclined, there's sheet music in the back so you can set the book to music.

There are two covers for this book, both shown below:

Reading Stats
Interest:     K-Gr. 3      
Reading:    age 4-8    
D.R.A.:      28-30
Lexile:       AD470L

Topics Covered
ocean habitat
ocean animals

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:
5 stars (13 reviews)
Somewhere in the Ocean

Peek Inside
Here's a sample spread from inside Somewhere in the Ocean. This spread features "a father sea horse and his wee babies SEVEN." Some of the rhymes work better than others, and this would be an example of one that doesn't really 'land' ['even' doesn't really rhyme with 'seven', unless maybe you have a thick Aussie/Kiwi accent.] However, overall, the cumulative text makes for a fun (and familiar) read, and the striking illustrations make this book both memorable and educational.

Somewhere in the Ocean

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