Seagrass Dreams A Counting Book

Seagrass Dreams by Kathleen Hanes and Chloe Bonfield

A Counting Book

Format: Hardback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781633221253
Publisher: Seagrass Press
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A 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K-12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council)

Introduce your future marine biologist to all of the creatures who live in underwater foliage, and how to count from 1 to 11 in Seagrass Dreams.

Seagrass Dreams is a unique counting book and introduction to marine life that stars animals who make their home in the seagrass. Young children and their parents will love learning to count from 1 to 11 while they also meet a host of marine animals. You'll be introduced to characters such as the toothy great barracuda, the gliding yellow stingray, the bucktooth parrotfish, and the chocolate chip sea star (not good for adding to cookies).

That isn't all though! Seagrass Dreams will also teach you each animal's common name, scientific name, natural habitat, and a whole lot more! This book is loaded with gorgeous illustrations which add a colorful and engaging element. Seagrass Dreams closes with a list of the common species of seagrasses, their scientific names, and where each can be found.

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.

Chloe Bonfield was born in London but grew up in Wiltshire. She now lives in London and loves the mixture of wilderness and urban craziness. After graduating from Camberwell in 2008, Chloe worked as a practicing illustrator in education, art direction, animation, and art licensing. She also has a passion for handmade books and printmaking.

Format: Hardback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781633221253
Illustrations: 42
Size: 11.25 in x 8.75 in / 285.75 mm x 222.25 mm
"Younger readers can practice their counting skills while learning about what lives in the seagrass meadows of the ocean in this book by St. Louis author Hanes. Each number highlights a different creature (“One great barracuda,” “Two yellow stingrays”) and is accompanied by Bonfield’s colorful close-ups of the animals."
"A fabulous addition to marine science collections. However, librarians should keep in mind that the benefits and necessity of seagrass takes precedent in the narrative over the counting element"
A 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K-12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council)
"While counting up to 10, Hanes vividly describes the features and behaviors of 10 creatures that reside in underwater seagrass meadows....Bonfield creates a sense of watery depth and dimension in her gestural mixed-media images, and an afterword provides greater detail about these creatures."
"One of the most unusual picture books I’ve come across. First, it is nonfiction—it’s about the real world but it’s a part of the real world that is hidden from most people—the meadows of seagrass that form a habitat in the shallow areas of the oceans where sunlight reaches the ocean floor. Second, Hanes’s language is poetic and sophisticated, challenging the listener who is at an age when he or she is open to hearing new words and new meanings...will make a visit to an aquarium a more meaningful experience for both parent and child."--Vicki Cobb