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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
A mindful walk by the sea using all our senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. What Do I See by the Sea? is an illustrative journey of discovery for both children and parents. Author Endreketta takes us on an adventure using descriptive adjectives and adverbs to describe the animals and plants you’ll see on a trip to the sea. I think teachers and students will benefit from the illuminating story and pictures of this insightful walk to the sea. Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this children’s book with young students who could probably name all the plants and animals at the end of the story. Common onomatopoeias include animal noises such as oink, meow, roar, and chirp, but the author takes us further in describing bird calls or the sound of swaying plants, or the scent of pine trees. Teachers and parents can interact with children at the end of the story by asking, “What other descriptive sounds can you find in the story?” or “What words did the author use to describe the sounds or movement of a frog, butterfly, or an eagle?”
Ink and soft colors abound on each page of the children’s picture book What Do I See by the Sea? Endreketta is the author and illustrator of this very observant book which brings many of our senses alive. The images show us the beauty of the sea, while his illuminating narrative helps us experience the trip. The author illustrates the animals, plants, and birds with beautiful images and tickles our senses so we can see, hear, and touch everything that this parent and child experience that day. I can almost taste the sea salt in the air and hear the splashing water upon the rocks. This detailed picture book should be on the shelves of every public and school library.