Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jeanette Canyon is one of our top sellers, which makes sense. It’s a habitat book, a counting book, a striking and unusual art book, and it comes with a plethora of STEAM activities.
Marianne Berkes‘ Over series explore habitats to the tune of ‘Over in the Meadow.’ And this particular book features the delectable art of Jeanette Canyon, who sculpts polymer clay reliefs and then photographs them to create the brilliant, textured, joyful illustrations.
Jeanette Canyon recently brought her polymer clay to the classroom as Illustrator-in-Residence at the Singapore American School. Kids made vibrant nature art under her tutelage. What a great way to put the “A” in “STEAM”(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
Marianne Berkes provides a fun game based on the sea creatures in the book: Fingerplay Fun! Children use finger or hand movements for each fish’s action, including the “Needlefish skitter,” “Pufferfish puff” and “Octopus squirt.”
As Marianne Berkes’ says, “The best thing for a storyteller to hear is ‘Read it again!'” And this picture book for preK to second grade has definitely received that high praise.