See the Ocean


Bibliographic Information: Condra, E., & Crockett-Blassingame, L. (1994). See the Ocean. Nashville, TN: Ideals Children’s Books.

Brief Annotation: Nellie uses important sensory description to tell of her family’s annual trip to the ocean.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 3-6

Readers who will like this: Readers who value family; readers who like the ocean; readers who go on family trips

Rating/Response: 4 Told from an unexpected perspective, this story engages readers with its delicate illustrations and surprising plot twist. Through its realistic family dynamics and desired setting, this book will allow readers to experience and appreciate their surroundings in a way they never have.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Just looking at the cover, what can we infer, or predict, that this book will be about?”

Reading Strategy: Inferences

Rationale for Strategy: This book is great for teaching students to make inferences based off of the information they are taking in through the story and illustrations.

Posted by: Sammi Keller


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