Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book of the Week: "Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea" by Jan Peck

This summer, our Preschool Preparation classes have been studying the Ocean. I did a lot of research before the start of the session, including watching the entire Discovery Channel's Blue Planet series, raiding YouTube for fascinating octopus videos, and devouring books of all kinds about sea life. I've become a little ocean-obsessed. So, what better book for our first book of the week than Jan Peck's Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea!?! I LOVE THIS BOOK! 

It follows a little redheaded boy on an under-the-sea treasure hunt, "I'm looking for treasure for my Mama and me". As he travels under the ocean, he meets sea creatures of all kinds: a crab playing peek-a-boo, a dancing starfish and fencing swordfish. Once he finds his treasure, he high tails it to the surface, where Mama is waiting for him. Plus, there's a surprise ending (you'll have to read it to find out)!

Kiddos of all ages will enjoy saying, "Hello" with the little boy as he greets each new creature and then saying "See you later!" as you turn the page. It's a fast, fun read. Valeria Petrone's illustrations are absolutely lovely -- simple and engaging, definitely not busy or distracting. I could read this book over and over. It's a definite to add to your reading list before summer is officially over!

Join Miss Becca Drew on Thursday, August 25th at 3:00 for Open Play Story Time where she will read our Book-of-the-Week: Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck!  

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