Commotion in the Ocean

by Giles Andreae

Other authorsDavid Wojtowycz (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1998



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Scholastic (1998), Edition: English Language, 32 pages


A collection of silly verses about various creatures that live in the ocean, including crabs, swordfish, whales, and polar bears.

User reviews

LibraryThing member wenestvedt
Crude illustrations, clumsy rhymes, weak grab for respectability with questions in the back pages.
LibraryThing member sdglenn
Great for all ages. Tells about all the animals in the ocean. We can have the children draw an ocean full of fish.
LibraryThing member Esus15
this book is a pretty informative book about creatures that live in the ocean. i love the bright colors used as well as all the happy critters. its a fairly easy read with the words rhyming and bold black writing.
LibraryThing member TorrieM
This book has bright and colorful pictures. It is an informative book about all the animals that live under the sea and around the sea. I would use this book for K-4th grade. A great book to use for a unit about the sea. Has cute rhyming and questions at the end.
LibraryThing member bekahhynes
This book is an informational book because it informs the readers of facts of ocean animals through the poems.
The media used in this book is chalk and computer technology. Age: Primary
LibraryThing member blossomfairy
Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
The author starts out with a story about what kind of animals and living things are in the ocean by giving them each a brief description on what they look like and what they do on a regular basis.

Personal Reaction:
I really liked how
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the author put the title of the animal on the top of the page, the pictures were colorful to the children's interest, and the usage of rhyming words was helpful to them.

Classroom Extension:
1. The children could draw their own ocean and explain to the class the things that are in there.
2. They can even choose and animal and create a poem with rhyming words
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LibraryThing member afussell
This is a collection of poems about fish in the ocean. This would be good to read to elementary students when learning about poetry and/or ocean life.
LibraryThing member mspisa1
I loved this poetry book! The first reason I liked this book is for its creative use of the A-B-C-A rhyme scheme. Each stanza throughout the book read using this rhyme scheme. For example, on the page about an octopus the text was “Having eight arms can be useful…You may think it looks a bit
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funny…But it helps me to hold all of my children…And tickle each one on the tummy.” This creates a fun and easy cadence to read the story to, making the book read like a song which, for me, makes reading it more fun and engaging. I also like this book for the intermittent personification of the animals mentioned throughout the book. For example, the stanza of text on the page about angelfish was written as if the angelfish itself was talking saying “Hello, I’m the angelfish, darling…The prettiest thing in the sea…What a shame there are no other creatures…As gorgeous and lovely as me!” By personifying the angelfish, along with other animals such as the turtles, dolphins, and even barnacles, it makes this poetry book read more like a non-fiction book in comparison to a fiction book, entrancing the reader in a world outside of their own which, for me, made the book fun to read. The big idea of this book is to educate the reader on some of the animals in the sea such a sharks, jellyfish, and whales, giving facts about each animal to be able to differentiate between all of them.
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LibraryThing member nkwak1
I had mixed feelings about this book. Although it was informational there were portions of the book that I thought were not necessarily the best in explaining aspect of those certain creatures. The illustrations genuinely added to the text because they were colorful and eye-catching. Each page
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exemplified the expert written about that sea creature. I didn't agree completely with the writing samples chosen. For example, the portion talking about the dolphins says, "the wonderful thing about dolphins is hearing them trying to speak. It's not 'how do you do?' as I'd say to you. It's more of a 'click-whistle-squeak!'" I didn't believe that this information accurately described dolphins. I felt that another piece of information could have been better regarding dolphins. The main idea of this information text is to inform young readers about the different sea creatures in the ocean and some of the characteristics that come along with them.
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LibraryThing member Jessie32
What a funny story about the ocean. Great time to learn more about the ocean and creatures. Grade-k
LibraryThing member Ebarclift13
"Commotion in the Ocean" is a informational text about the creatures that live in and near the ocean. It introduces the creatures that live in and next to the ocean in a light-hearted manner. It goes through the ocean as if the reader is in a submarine. The animals introduced within the upper part
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of the ocean include: crabs, turtles, dolphins, angel fish, jellyfish, shark, swordfish, octopus, stingray, and lobster. The animals introduced from the deep sea include: blue whales, barnacles, walruses, penguins, and polar bears. With each animal there is a small bit that shares something interesting about them. I would love to use this book as a tool within the classroom when learning about animals in and around the ocean.
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LibraryThing member Annalisebradshaw
This book is perfect for early readers. The friendly illustrations combined with the easy to read flow, makes this book perfect to give children an introduction to different types of marine life, while adding fun/ fictional/ memorable descriptions. This could be used as a bridge between
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informational books and narratives.
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