“Cork on the Ocean”
Illustrator: Rowan Sommerset
Published by: Dreamboat Books
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Theme: Friendship, discovery, hope
Opening page: “Somewhere between the blue and the green, further than far can be, A little brown cork was riding the wind, bobbing along on the sea.”
Synopsis: Book one of a series about a brave little Cork who rides the waves befriending a butterfly, rides a seahorse, evades a shark and meets a wise whale who shares the secret of staying afloat. Beautifully illustrated and told in rhyme it tells of courage, friendship, and joy of positive thought.
Why I like this: Mark’s musically rhyming text is fun to read aloud and one cannot help but be carried along on the waves with Cork as you turn the page to discover who or what he meets up with next. Rowan’s talent of producing clean clear lines in the colours of sand and the deep blue/green of the sea gives depth and the impression it’s a bit rough out there. As Mark said in his recent interview with me, Rowan is a “less is more” kind of girl. This timeless story will be enjoyed by young and old.
This website is fantastic for discovering sealife above and below the ocean, with links to blogs, photos, books etc…. http://ocean.si.edu/?gclid=CNOa35flibACFQ4rpAoduFk1Ow
A great website for crafts and printouts….. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/ocean/Oceanlife.shtml
A fun website of games, videos and activities about the ocean….. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/new/ocean/ I loved playing snippys adventure.
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.
Note: Don’t forget to leave a comment on the previous post of Mark’s interview, to be in the draw to win the autographed copy of Cork on the Ocean.