Secret Seahorse: a hide-and-seek book
Stella Blackstone & Clare Beaton
Barefoot Books, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
always enjoyed hide-and-seek books like this with my kids when they were small - it's so much fun for little ones to pick something special out of a busy page, and it's a joy for parents to watch the excitement when they succeed.
, the trick is to spot the small creature amidst all the colorful activity of a coral reef (having scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef, I especially loved this setting). Clare Beaton's illustrations depict a reef and all its denizens crafted out of fuzzy felt. Stella Blackstone's verses begin '
I saw a secret seahorse deep down in the sea. / I tried to swim beside him. He was too quick for me.
' The little fellow hides behind all kinds of creatures and things, including '
an ancient shipwreck
he back of the book explains how coral reef colonies grow '
very, very slowly
' and introduces the '
Creatures of the Coral Reef
' that are met in the book, from the
and of course
is a colorful, educational hide-and-seek book with a delightful ending.
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