*Concept book on counting and the beach/ocean life
*Little boy as the main character
*Rating: 1, 2, 3, By the Sea (Kane Miller books) is a cute picture book with a lot going on–there’s counting, there’s the ocean/beach habitat, and there’s a rhyme/text pattern too. This will be a favorite with children AND parents/teachers. Cute dog in it, too–that’s what my daughter loves.
Short, short summary: The boy (narrator), his mom, and dog Max set out for a trip to the beach: “Mommy, me, and Max make three… biking, hiking by the sea.” Then they go on to rent ONE umbrella, put TWO towels down on the beach, see THREE jellyfish! in the ocean while swimming, and so on. Each page has it’s own pattern with -ing words and rhyme. Take five’s page for example, “Seagulls fly and seagulls dive, squawking, flocking. We spy five.” The book also is a full day at the beach, ending when it’s time to go home because the sun is setting, so there’s a conclusion of a whole day spent at the beach, instead of just a counting book. I really enjoyed this and can see multiple uses at home and in a preschool classroom!
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So, what do I do with this book?
1. If you are doing a unit on the beach/ocean, this is a must for your library. The illustrations alone will introduce students to a world they may have never been able to visit, depending on where you live. You can always do a KWL chart with students as part of your unit and/or before you read this book. (K–what do students Know before the study/reading? W–what do they wonder? L–what did they learn AFTER the book has been read?)
2. Because of the rhyme and text pattern and large numbers, students can read the numbers with you or do some echo reading. This helps our early readers READ! This is a great book for developing early reading skills.
3. Make a list of animals the boy, his mom, and Max meet on their journey at the beach. Then add to the list animals that children know live in this habitat. Then ask each student to choose an animal, write a sentence about it, and then draw a picture to go with it. You can hang these in the classroom as part of your ocean study.