Mr. and Mrs. Seahorse drifted gently through the sea. (from the first line)
|Carle it again with astonishingly beautiful collage illustrations and a story that introduces the very young to the wonders of aquatic life and some very special daddies. A "hide-and-seek" feature with acetate overlays adds a colorful surprise. Ideal for Father's Day. Full color.
From the Publisher:
When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets some other underwater fathers caring for their babies: Mr. Tilapia, who carries his babies in his mouth; Mr. Kurtus, who keeps his on his head; and Mr. Catfish, who is babysitting his young hatchlings.
Eric Carle has done it again, with astonishingly beautiful collage illustrations and a story that introduces the very young to the wonders of aquatic life...and some very special daddies. A "hide and seek" feature with acetate overlays adds a colorful surprise.
Like all male seahorses, Father Seahorse carries his wife's eggs in his pouch until they are ready to be born. As he awaits the arrival of his children, Father Seahorse travels the ocean, and along the way he meets other male sea creatures who also care for their soon-to-be born, or just born, babies. Colorful tissue-paper collage illustrations, some featuring acetate lift-the-flaps, accompany the text.
American-born Eric Carle and his German-born parents moved to Germany in 1935. The transition from life in American to life in Germany was not an easy one for Carle to make. His school days were unpleasant, except for the encouragement he received in his art classes. In 1952, at age 22, Carle returned to the United States. He soon began working for the New York Times and remained there until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, which sent him back to Germany. After his discharge he returned to the U.S., this time with a wife, Dorothy. He illustrated his first book for children, Bill Martin's BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? in 1967. Carle is best known for his "Very" series, which he writes and illustrates. The series began in 1969 with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and apparently concludes with 1995's THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY. In 2003 he was honored by the American Library Association with their Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which recognizes creators of children's books whose body of work represents a significant contribution to the field of children's literature.
"In his elegant painted tissue-paper collages, Carle innovatively balances pastel hues with shocks of brilliant color, creating an appealing seascape that succeeds swimmingly."
"The simple, thoughtfully told story includes repetitive phrases and a predictable structure with an emotionally satisfying ending as Mr. Seahorse sends his babies out into the watery world."