The reader is asked: What kind of walking can you do today? This starts a promenade of sea creatures that scoot, slither, dash, or slide across the pages. A lobster dances, a penguin flaps, and an octopus twists. Once all 11 animals are introduced, readers are invited to join them as they head for a swim. The words that describe the varied movements are then repeated as a horizontal list of action verbs. The rhyming text ends abruptly with a splash. This board book could entertain energetic toddlers or emerging readers. The cartoon illustrations are bright and simple. The smiling animals and their friendly demeanor will attract children.
Harriet Ziefert is the author of many children’s books. The mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
Simms Taback won a Caldecott Honor Award for There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, of which The Horn Book wrote, "The art sings with color and movement and humor and personality." He has also produced award-winning titles for Blue Apple, such as Peek-a-Boo, Who? (a 2006 Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of the Year) and Simms Taback's Big Book of Words (a 2004 Child Best Book of the Year, 2004 Parenting Book of the Year Award winner, and a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner). The author lives in California.
Board book. Ages 1-4.
USA 8.95 | Canada 9.95