Monday, February 11, 2013

Water Sings Blue

Coombs, Kate. 2012. WATER SINGS BLUE: OCEAN POEMS. Ill. by Meilo So. New York: Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811872843 [Suggested Grade Levels K-3]

“For the water sings blue and the sky does, too, and the sea lets you fly like a gull.” Coombs’ brilliant use of imagery will transport readers to the shoreline for a stroll down the beach. The author has combined various styles of poetry to create twenty-three unique poems that range from sea gulls to sea urchins and shipwrecks to seashores, so there is a little something for everyone.

When reading about jellyfish, readers will find a humorous poem paired with works written in a more traditional style all illustrated with Meilo So’s beautiful watercolors. The sweeping colors mimic the sweeping motions of a jellyfish floating along the tides of the language that help paint the broader picture. The illustrations contain vivid colors and capture the movement and beauty of the jellyfish.

In the poem “Octopus Ink” So’s illustration changes the meaning of the poem from a simple piece about a shy author to being a personification of a grand and menacing sea creature, creating beauty where others would generally not look.

 Meilo So’s stunning watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement to this collection of ocean poems.

Collect seashells and sort them into like groups. Search the Internet for the names of the shells.
Examine sand from various beaches. Find out why the sand is different colors on different beaches.
Listen to relaxation music, sounds of the ocean, while reading this book.

Other books about enjoying the ocean or beach:
Cooper, Elisha. BEACH. ISBN 9780439687850
Gay, Marie-Louise. STELLA: STAR OF THE SEA. ISBN 9780888993373
Ryan, Pam Munoz. HELLO OCEAN. ISBN 9780881069877

By Jane Jergensen

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