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Under the Sea by Kate Riggs, illustrated by Tom Leonard

Under the Sea by Kate Riggs, illustrated by Tom Leonard

Let Kate Riggs’ Under the Sea take you and your toddler on a dreamy trip to the ocean’s depths. Bonus! This is also a concept book, teaching relative positions—over/under, bottom/top, and so on. Clownfish wiggles OUT of an anemone. Octopus waits IN a dark den. Sea turtle swims AFTER jellyfish but BEFORE tuna. Learning these direction concepts and the names of sea creatures happens happily when accompanied by Tom Leonard’s lovely, glowing illustrations.

This sturdy, attractive board book will likely become one of your child’s favorites.  It’s also a perfect way to introduce ocean life before a family trip to the aquarium or the beach. Can’t seek out a watery getaway? Under the Sea also works as a gentle book before naptime or as part of a morning or afternoon of sandbox play.

Other board books that might work well with this one are Giles Andreae’s Commotion in the Ocean and Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Sand & Sun.

Under the Sea supports our Grow a Reader principles of Vocabulary and Print Motivation.