“. . . an inspiration for all young environmentalists.”
— Jacques Cousteau
— Parents Magazine
For each letter, a creature is spotlighted and framed by a colorful border featuring other organisms whole names begin with the same letter . . . all of the flowing, fluid pictures are full of action and detail.
— School Library Journal
Review of A Fly in the Sky, A Swim Through the Sea, and A Walk in the Rainforest) “Yet again, Dawn Publications has encouraged a talented young writer/illustrator to test her wings and fly, with remarkable results. These three paperbacks encompass animal-alphabet teaching which young children will enjoy for the rhymes, while older readers delve into the fascinating facts included on every page. My young students delighted in reading aloud to each other the repetitions in each letter (five fuzzy feasting fruit bats), helping them to learn about basic biology. Teachers everywhere will appreciate these helpful volumes, reminiscent of Judy Sierra’s “There’s A Zoo in Room 22,” and will add Pratt’s titles to their classroom shelves. Highly recommended.”
— Hutton Book-Review Service – Linda Hutton (April 2003)
“PRODUCT RATING: Excellent!
This book also has an accompanying teacher’s guide, for purchase separately. We did not review the teacher’s guide, for this particular book. However, we have reviewed others that they offer and highly recommend them for any books they offer them for, as they are an excellent resource, to allow your child/student to get an even richer in-depth look at the topics the books cover, in a fun manner.
This book takes you under the sea, in a whimsical, charming manner, captivating it’s audience as you view ocean life up close and personal. Learn about the creatures who live there and what their life is like. You will learn more by reading this book, than you will visiting most aquariums, it is that rich in topical coverage.
The graphics are so well done, they almost seem animated – as they come to life before your eyes, adding to the text with their virtuous splendor as you explore each and every page of this delightful book. Children’s eyes will light up, as they see the clownfish and learn of his funny escapades … they will learn about the jet propeller on a jelly fish and learn where the Flashlight fish lives and what he is like …
So many fascinating facts within this book, it will be a true treasure for all children who encounter it. It takes you A-Z down under the waves ,… in deep – up close – and allows you to touch each creature, even if only with your mind.”
— Education Clearinghouse – www.educationclearinhouse.org (December 2002)
“This writer/illustrator has been publishing professionally since she was 17 year old, and a leisurely stroll (or swim) through this richly-bordered book will tell you why. Lovely watercolor illustrations grace each page as Seamore the Seahorse explores the ocean in alphabetical order, from the amiable angel fish and gargantuan grouper, to the noble nautilus and zapping zebra fish. Search for Seamore, cunningly hidden on most pages. Large text about each creature will hold the attention of the youngest listener, while the wealth of additional details will interest older readers.”
— California Kids! – Connie Goldsmith (June 2002)
“[An] exceptional alphabet book . . . The pages framed with ocean vocabulary swirl with tropical watercolors. The large text is child-oriented, while the smaller text is packed with solid information for you or older readers.”
— The Mailbox, the Idea Magazine for Teachers
“An entertaining swim through the alphabet. It is a colorfully illustrated environmental awareness book with a storyline for young readers and a wealth of intriguing information for older children. Lots of lyrical read-aloud fun.”
— A New Communion
“Teenage author/illustrator Pratt uses an involving story line and fine realistic illustrations to blend facts with natural history revelations in a `you are there’ format which proves lively and fun.”
— The Midwest Book Review
“At age 17, Kristin Joy Pratt is gaining international recognition with her work in educating children about our environment. . . beautiful watercolor illustrations dome by this very talented young author.”
— NAPRA Trade Journal
“. . . confirms this young author’s exceptional writing and artistic talents. parents, teachers and other people dealing with young children will find this inexpensive but high quality book a superb and beautiful educational resource. The author/illustrator and publisher deserve high praise for a job exceedingly well done. Most highly recommended.”
— Donald S. Heintzelman, President, Wildlife Information Center, Inc.
“. . .offers children a wonderful journey into the undersea world. It’s a great book and we love it.”
— Rae Barrington, North Carolina Aquarium
“Science with a spoonful of sugar! . . . Those who want to impart an appreciation of nature and her delicate balances to their children will want to select “.
— “A Swim through the Sea” for reading and rereading. The Daily News (Ketchikan, Alaska)
“Vibrant illustrations and wonderful descriptions bring to life the undersea kingdom, full of plants and animals. The book is formatted as an alphabet book, with an alliterative storyline that is sure to engage children, while teaching them about the fascinating underwater ecosystem.”
— Genesee Valley Parent (April 2008)
“This book tells about all kinds of different things that you will find in the sea. It has something for every letter of the alphabet. Like for A it says angelfish and then it tells about the angelfish. At night, angelfish hide in rocks. It said that some can be as small as my hand and some are as big as the book. J is for jellyfish. I learned that jellyfish use their tentacles to get fish. I liked learning about all of the different things in the sea and I liked looking at the pictures in the book.”
A Swim through the Sea is a wonderful guide to teach about all creatures in the sea. From angelfish to zebrafish, so many different ocean inhabitants are covered in detail. My son and I both learned a lot of neat facts. We highly recommend this informative book!
— Kids Reader Views – Cayden Aures (age 6) and Mom – (April 2008)