Wow! Ocean! 07/31/12
Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker caught my attention both for it's enthusiastic title as well as its ocean setting.
The book opens with Izzy and her family traveling from the mountains to the beach for a day of fun. Then the book settles into page after page of the basic different things of the ocean, each introduced with "Wow!" For example: "Wow! Fish!" and "Wow! Whales!"
For children in preschool through about first grade, the Wow! text is perfect. It gets across basic concepts: fish, coral reef, sunken ship, whales, and so forth while drawing the eye in with colorful and complex illustrations.
For older children in the second through fourth grade level, there are labels for most of the things in the illustrations. For example, all the fish are labeled on the "Wow! Fish!" page.
The book was a huge hit with both of my children and we had to read each and every label. Both children then took a turn re-reading the book.