The Seven Seas
Ellen Jackson, Bill Slavin & Esperanca Melo
Eerdmans, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his lively picture book is original and contains some geography lessons that even young children will enjoy.
bored bunny is not paying attention in class, while his teacher is instructing the students about the Black and Red Seas.
his prompts a daydreaming journey to the seven seas of the world (at least, the ones in his mind).
fter taking a bus to Marrakesh, a taxi to Peru, riding a mule to Istanbul, and a yak to Timbuktu, he embarks on his quest:
The Red Sea looks like pizza sauce---
A little or a lottle.
The roosters dine on ladybugs
With ketchup from a bottle.
The Brown Sea's made of chocolate,
A place to drown your cares.
Its whipped cream foam is home sweet home
To brownish, clownish bears.
hen the bunny returns to reality and checks a map, he realizes that all of the seas are blue and not as colorful as in his imagination. The end of the book contains a map, prompting children to find the
seas and distinguish them from the imaginary ones in the book.
his is a unique and enjoyable picture book, with perfect meter and lovely, muted colored illustrations.
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