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Oct 10 2008

Does a sea cow say moo? by Terry Webb Harshman

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Ill. by George McClements. Bloomsbury, 2008.
(Age 5+) When Flash lands on earth from outer space he is perplexed by all the words that are used on both the land and the sea and he has some puzzling questions to ask. Does a school of fish go to school in the sea? Does a clown fish wear a bow tie and red hair? Jack gets to answer his queries and the result is a plethora of pictures in his notebook explaining each one.
The effervescent pictures and humorous play on words make this story great fun to read. It is written in verse that is occasionally clumsy, and it would be useful for an adult to practise it first before reading aloud to get a good rhythm, but the double meanings of the words will delight children. It would be a useful addition when planning for a unit on the sea, providing a starting point for extending children's vocabulary and looking at the underwater environment.
Pat Pledger

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