Vivid art helps make this picture book a preschool story hour favorite. The art and simple text about fish in the sea help introduce comparison words.
"On a deep-blue background, the words 'blue sea' appear, and then the first of Crews's eye-filling paintings. The author and illustrator of Rain have invented another winner." (Publishers Weekly)
As a 5-star review puts it: "A delightful book to help the beginner/elementary reader learn simple comparative and superlative adjectives. 'Small,''Smaller,' 'Smallest,' and 'Big,' 'Bigger,' 'Biggest' are mentioned in this 21-page story that averages about 3-4 words per page. The text is large, and the visuals are simple, colorful, and uncluttered."
Robert Kalan and Donald Crews are both masters of simple, compelling concept books. In addition to their collaboration on Blue Sea and Rain, each also has a number of other favorites to his name.
Among the favorite Robert Kalan books is Jump, Frog, Jump!
And favorite Donal Crews books include:
- 10 Black Dots
- Freight Train
- Sail Away
- School Bus
About the Author
Robert Kalan is the author of the charming children's books Rain and Blue Sea, both illustrated by Donald Crews. Kalan holds a master's degree in education and has taught reading to both gifted and remedial students from kindergarten through the fourth grade.
Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.