We borrowed this book from the library as Monkey has been learning about the seaside at school so we thought it would be perfect to look at in the quiet space at home.
I hadn’t realised it was an Usborne book at first, it’s actually part of their Beginners series for children to read by themselves so there is not as much text but as you would expect from Usborne still very informative and there’s still beautifully detailed illustrations mixed in with stunning photographs.
There are in fact 45 beginner books in this series covering topics such as space, Romans, weather and penguins amongst other things so definitely something to look out for the next time we go to the library.
This book covers topics such as high and low tides, seashells including creatures who live in the shells, seaweed and had information about the coral reef.
Although it is an easy reader it is 31 pages long. At the back of the book it suggests going to the following website Usborne Quicklinks (follow the link choose the country you are in) which has links to other websites suitable for children to access further information, games and colouring in.
For this book the websites suggested have the following fun activities:
*Watch a video clip of scallops swimming.
*Print out and colour in pictures of seashore
*Find snails and sea urchins in a rocky pool
*Spot shells on the seashore then print out and colour in pictures of shells.
*Watch a video clip of baby turtles leaving their nest and scurrying to the sea.
I have reviewed this site separately as I feel it’s a fantastic online resource, you can find my review here
Anyway back to the book review…
Monkey really liked this book giving it 8/10 as he would have liked to have seen more about each topic (so I’m going to have to find another book for him) but he enjoyed looking at it and especially liked the photo of the Puffer fish.
I enjoyed the book in fact I actually had a quick read of it before looking at it with Monkey and found it fascinating as it has many little facts and for such a small book it really does fill the pages with quick bite sized bits of information, ideal for young children to look at to find something they want to look at further online or with a book which covers the topic in more detail. It is an early reader but perhaps one for a confident reader. I will score the book 9/10 simply as it does cover a lot of topics and I even learnt a few fun facts such as when seabirds swallow too much seawater they get rid of it through their nose!