Under the Sea
For this little girl, there's nothing like swimming at the shore with just her dad. But when too many people tag along, she escapes the crowd--and her dad--to be by herself. With a splash into the sea, she discovers a fascinating new world. It's an underwater adventure as she meets everything from puckermouth squids to great big whales--and makes an amazing discovery along the way...In an adventure full of fantasy and the affections of every day, a little girl swims to the ocean bottom when she can’t be alone with her father on a boating trip. But though the fish down deep are frolicsome and the sights are extraordinary, she soon resurfaces back in her own world, where her father, at last all alone, awaits her.
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Leah Komaiko is the author of several popular rhyming books for children including Annie Bananie, a Children's Choice Award winner, and I Like the Music, a Reading Rainbow Review Book. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.From Publishers Weekly:
Though the young narrator of Komaiko's (Annie Bananie) disjointed verse would like to spend time alone with her father, it just doesn't happen. First pictured in swimsuits at the end of a dock ("I'm going to sea/ Just my dad and me"), the two are soon joined by a suffocating throng: "Now here comes Mom/ she's bringing dozens/ of uncles and great aunts,/ now here come my cousins./ They all want to go out to sea./ With just my dad and me." The girl calls on her imagination to override her disappointment: when her parents playfully toss her into the water, she dives to the ocean floor. There the child swims with an intriguing assortment of sea creatures, deftly depicted in Greene's (Backyard Bear) meticulously detailed illustrations that are especially effective in conveying movement. At first content to be alone with her fish friends, the heroine later decides that she needs air, sun and-no surprise-her family, and soars to the surface once again. But despite the inventive juxtaposition of realism and fantasy, the choppy text and uneven rhyme make for less than smooth sailing. Ages 3-6.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0064435628