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Do you know which deep sea creature scares away its enemies by spraying ink at them, or which fish has lights inside its mouth to attract food? Learn the answer to these questions and other fascinating details about ocean life in this engaging and informative book. Young readers will delight in Jerry Pallotta's words and Frank Mazzola, Jr's illustrations on this alphabetical Do you know which deep sea creature scares away its enemies by spraying ink at them, or which fish has lights inside its mouth to attract food? Learn the answer to these questions and other fascinating details about ocean life in this engaging and informative book. Young readers will delight in Jerry Pallotta's words and Frank Mazzola, Jr's illustrations on this alphabetical journey through the North Atlantic Ocean.


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Do you know which deep sea creature scares away its enemies by spraying ink at them, or which fish has lights inside its mouth to attract food? Learn the answer to these questions and other fascinating details about ocean life in this engaging and informative book. Young readers will delight in Jerry Pallotta's words and Frank Mazzola, Jr's illustrations on this alphabetical Do you know which deep sea creature scares away its enemies by spraying ink at them, or which fish has lights inside its mouth to attract food? Learn the answer to these questions and other fascinating details about ocean life in this engaging and informative book. Young readers will delight in Jerry Pallotta's words and Frank Mazzola, Jr's illustrations on this alphabetical journey through the North Atlantic Ocean.

30 review for The Ocean Alphabet Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Although The Ocean Alphabet Book is certainly adequate enough with regard to showing readers a basic cross-section of ocean life (from the North Atlantic Ocean), personally, I have indeed been rather majorly disappointed with especially how unpoetic and totally stagnant author Jerry Pallotta’s text presents itself (with how the twenty-six sections in the guise of a traditional abecedarian really just rather tediously and repetitively show relevant ocean fauna like a proverbial grocery list but w Although The Ocean Alphabet Book is certainly adequate enough with regard to showing readers a basic cross-section of ocean life (from the North Atlantic Ocean), personally, I have indeed been rather majorly disappointed with especially how unpoetic and totally stagnant author Jerry Pallotta’s text presents itself (with how the twenty-six sections in the guise of a traditional abecedarian really just rather tediously and repetitively show relevant ocean fauna like a proverbial grocery list but with neither any lyricism nor much descriptiveness, and also sadly, with no supplemental information on the diverse fish etc. featured and encountered in The Ocean Alphabet Book and of course and frustratingly, also with no list of books for further reading and study either). Therefore, my own and very personal reading reaction to The Ocean Alphabet Book has been at best rather majorly ho-hum and decidedly lacklustre. And with this in mind, no indeed, I actually do not think that Jerry Pallotta really even introduces ocean life all that well with and in The Ocean Alphabet Book as honestly (and yes, in my humble opinion) readers, and even young readers, would need to know more than simply the names and a few select physical features and attributes to be able to get an adequate picture and understanding of the ocean creatures that inhabit the North Atlantic and are showcased in The Ocean Alphabet Book (and which is also why my ranking for The Ocean Alphabet Book is but two stars, for even though I do aesthetically enjoy Frank Mazzola Jr.’s accompanying artwork, this does not really mitigate how very much lacking in information and poetry, in basic narrative aptitude Jerry Pallotta’s printed words have proven to be).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hana Sm.

    This excellent book has 27 pages. The pictures are very well drawn. The book shows animals found in the Atlantic Ocean from A to Z. (view spoiler)[A is for Alphabet Book. A is also for Atlantic Ocean. The fish and other creatures in this book live in the North Atlantic Ocean. B is for Bluefish C is for Cod D is for Dogfish E is for Eel. Eels are slimy! Eels are long and thin like snakes. If you do not like to hold snakes, you probably would not like to hold Eels. F is for Fiddler Crab G is for Goosefis This excellent book has 27 pages. The pictures are very well drawn. The book shows animals found in the Atlantic Ocean from A to Z. (view spoiler)[A is for Alphabet Book. A is also for Atlantic Ocean. The fish and other creatures in this book live in the North Atlantic Ocean. B is for Bluefish C is for Cod D is for Dogfish E is for Eel. Eels are slimy! Eels are long and thin like snakes. If you do not like to hold snakes, you probably would not like to hold Eels. F is for Fiddler Crab G is for Goosefish. A Goosefish is ugly looking. It has lots of teeth. Its mouth is as wide as its body. Goosefish are also called monkfish. H is for Haddock. A Haddock looks a lot like a Cod. Behind the Haddock's side fin there is a dark spot that looks like a fingerprint. I is for Ink J is for Jellyfish K is for Killer Whale L is for Lobster M is for Minnow N is for Northern Puffer O is for Octopus P is for Periwinkle Q is for Quahog. Quahogs are clams that have hard shells. Seagulls manage to open them by themselves. Small Quahogs are called cherrystones and littlenecks. R is for Redfish S is for Scallop T is for Tuna U is for Urchin V is for Viperfish W is for Wolffish X is for Xiphias gladius. This is the scientific name for Swordfish. Y is for Yellowtail Flounder Z This is for zillions. That's how many fish there are in the ocean! (hide spoiler)] ------------------------- I could use this book in my class to explore different "types" of animals like farm animals or tree animals. We could use a dictionary or encyclopedia to find animals that began with each letter of the alphabet. It could be like a scavenger hunt!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Guthrie

    Great book, taught me that dogfish ARE in fact a real thing, and they are essentially little sharks!!! ...meanwhile goosefish u ugly, sorry. I WANNA PUFFERFISH. I dunno what sunfish are, but I'm gonna find out, just watch me. EDIT: It looks like their wearing a tutu!!!! Okay, i'm sorry------- Tunas can get to as big as cARS???!?!z? ........uhhhhoh (view spoiler)[ This book got me good, well played book, well played. No I didn't know a fish that started with X and you played right into my weakness. ( Great book, taught me that dogfish ARE in fact a real thing, and they are essentially little sharks!!! ...meanwhile goosefish u ugly, sorry. I WANNA PUFFERFISH. I dunno what sunfish are, but I'm gonna find out, just watch me. EDIT: It looks like their wearing a tutu!!!! Okay, i'm sorry------- Tunas can get to as big as cARS???!?!z? ........uhhhhoh (view spoiler)[ This book got me good, well played book, well played. No I didn't know a fish that started with X and you played right into my weakness. (hide spoiler)] I DIDN'T KNOW THAT FLOUNDER IS A TYPE OF FISH! DOES THAT MEAN THAT IN THE LIL MERMAID THEY NAMED FLOUNDER AFTER A FLOUNDER EVENTHOUGH HE WAS A CLOWNFISH???? That's like if I was named "mammal" or somthn' (probably). EDIT: Okay, so he's not a clown fish, my bad. My point still stands though ~just sayin~ Zillions isn't even a word, I veto. 8/10 will read to other kiddos. It's pretty good, has some goofs n gaafs, but I ain't here for the octos (just a personal preference tho), still a pretty good book! (Teaches alot ^^^^^^^^)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    The Ocean Alphabet Book, by Jerry Pallotta, goes through every letter in the alphabet and finds a fish or other animal that lives in the North Atlantic Ocean, and describes it. From an Octpus, to the Ink of a squid, from fish I have never heard of, many animals and fish are described. For the "X", the author couldn't find an "X" and asked the children to try to. Then, on the next page the Xiphius gladius Fish was found, so the author found an "X" after all. In the end with "Z," there are zillion The Ocean Alphabet Book, by Jerry Pallotta, goes through every letter in the alphabet and finds a fish or other animal that lives in the North Atlantic Ocean, and describes it. From an Octpus, to the Ink of a squid, from fish I have never heard of, many animals and fish are described. For the "X", the author couldn't find an "X" and asked the children to try to. Then, on the next page the Xiphius gladius Fish was found, so the author found an "X" after all. In the end with "Z," there are zillions of fish in the ocean. I give this book 5/5 stars. It does a great job at descrbing many of the animals and fish that are in the ocean. This way it is teaching two concepts: the alphabet, and the students can also learn about what lives in the ocean. The illustrations are great and draw in the reader while they learn about the fish. This would be a great educational piece in my clasroom, and I definitely recommend it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carlye

    Reaction I was surprised. I guess I thought the book would be much more centered around the alphabet. It wasn't a disappointed surprise it was more of a pleasant surprise. Usually all the alphabets are much more focused just on the alphabet when this book went into more depth on the ocean creatures. I especially like what they did for letter X. I thought it brought a nice twist to the book. Also, it created a little discussion and interaction between the audience and the book. Also, I liked how t Reaction I was surprised. I guess I thought the book would be much more centered around the alphabet. It wasn't a disappointed surprise it was more of a pleasant surprise. Usually all the alphabets are much more focused just on the alphabet when this book went into more depth on the ocean creatures. I especially like what they did for letter X. I thought it brought a nice twist to the book. Also, it created a little discussion and interaction between the audience and the book. Also, I liked how there're wasn't just the typical creatures that everyone always thinks of! So, that the book actually would be teaching the readers something new! I think this book would be better for about five to six year olds because they might understand a lot more. But, I don't think that means that younger kids shouldn't have it read to them too. I think it is always a good thing to spark the imagination and to get them to start learning!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Heise

    Where Jerry Pallota's alphabet books shine is in the choice of subjects-- not the same old same old alphabet names. So the Goosefish (ugh) and the Hogfish, and even an X-- Xiphias gladius, the swordfish. Ok, so the somewhat jocular and mostly informative text isn't inspired, and the pictures aren't breathtaking-- but if you have a science/fact junkie who likes picture books, as I do, this is a good quick read, even for a first grader long beyond the classic alphabet book stage. Where Jerry Pallota's alphabet books shine is in the choice of subjects-- not the same old same old alphabet names. So the Goosefish (ugh) and the Hogfish, and even an X-- Xiphias gladius, the swordfish. Ok, so the somewhat jocular and mostly informative text isn't inspired, and the pictures aren't breathtaking-- but if you have a science/fact junkie who likes picture books, as I do, this is a good quick read, even for a first grader long beyond the classic alphabet book stage.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This author writes great books to use to introduce ABCs and words that start with each letter. This particular book is on ocean creatures, and each letter represents a different aspect of the ocean. This can easily double as a language arts and science lesson. The students can go through this book, and practice their letters. They can then create an ocean creature as an arts and crafts project.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This is the first title from Pallotta’s extensive list of theme abc titles. While they do teach some information, this one was one fact per ocean creature. I did learn that a periwinkle is also referred to by some people as a snail and that quahogs are actually another name for clams. Will look at other titles in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Fay

    1. Awards: None found. 2. Appropriate grade level(s): PK-1 3. This book offers an aquatic exploration through all 26 letters of the alphabet. Many of the species introduced throughout the book will be brand new to most young readers. In addition, the author offers detailed descriptions and illustrations of each animal. 4. I really enjoy the illustrations in this book as well as the attention to detail when describing each of the animals. I think young children would really enjoy this book and I li 1. Awards: None found. 2. Appropriate grade level(s): PK-1 3. This book offers an aquatic exploration through all 26 letters of the alphabet. Many of the species introduced throughout the book will be brand new to most young readers. In addition, the author offers detailed descriptions and illustrations of each animal. 4. I really enjoy the illustrations in this book as well as the attention to detail when describing each of the animals. I think young children would really enjoy this book and I like that it offers a dense amount of new information for the readers. I think this is a must-have book for my future elementary classroom. 5. 2-3 in class uses: 1. Teaching the Alphabet exploring one letter at a time. 2. Teaching a unit on the Ocean and explicit instruction of vocabulary.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zoraida Rivera Morales

    This alphabet book was first published in 1986 and later republished. It provides interesting facts about marine animals and has nice illustrations. The language isn't as lyrical as I would like, but an alphabet book has a limiting structure. It's still a good book that can retain a child's attention, especially if the reader loves animals. Pallota has written other alphabet books that may be of interest to this age group. This alphabet book was first published in 1986 and later republished. It provides interesting facts about marine animals and has nice illustrations. The language isn't as lyrical as I would like, but an alphabet book has a limiting structure. It's still a good book that can retain a child's attention, especially if the reader loves animals. Pallota has written other alphabet books that may be of interest to this age group.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Penny Scherzer

    This is a unique ABC book. Each letter is the name of a fish that is in the North Atlantic Ocean. Each fish has a fact or two, sometimes three. The illustrations are very nice, showcasing each fish. The vocabulary is not difficult for young readers, so would be a good introduction to gathering facts from a story in a format that a student would already be familiar with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sami Snow

    This book contains illustrations of animals that corresponds to the letters of the alphabet. With a cute and rhyming description for each, this is a perfect book for kiddos interested in sea life and learning their alphabet. Trait: Conventions/Presentation DRA: 24 AR: 2.8

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wilker

    Genre: Informational Nonfiction Reading Level: K-2 Personally, I loved to read this book and I am 19 years old. It might just be because I am very intrigued in learning about the ocean, but I just loved it very much. This book gives many examples of different animals that live not just in the ocean, but in the North Atlantic book and it also has wonderful pictures of these animals. I would recommend this book to your child only if they seem fascinated with learning because if you force your child Genre: Informational Nonfiction Reading Level: K-2 Personally, I loved to read this book and I am 19 years old. It might just be because I am very intrigued in learning about the ocean, but I just loved it very much. This book gives many examples of different animals that live not just in the ocean, but in the North Atlantic book and it also has wonderful pictures of these animals. I would recommend this book to your child only if they seem fascinated with learning because if you force your child to read this book at a point where they do not want to learn, then they will not enjoy it as much!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    We recently discovered Jerry Pallotta and have really enjoyed the few books we've read. We now head right over to the P section of every library to see if we can find more books by him. The illustrations are very realistic. The text is informative and funny. A couple times the kids broke out laughing. I like these alphabet books because it helps the little ones learn their ABCs and it has a wealth of information about all sorts of animals. It's fun to see how the author has to stretch things to f We recently discovered Jerry Pallotta and have really enjoyed the few books we've read. We now head right over to the P section of every library to see if we can find more books by him. The illustrations are very realistic. The text is informative and funny. A couple times the kids broke out laughing. I like these alphabet books because it helps the little ones learn their ABCs and it has a wealth of information about all sorts of animals. It's fun to see how the author has to stretch things to find animals to fit with a certain letter. One of our favorites in this book was the umuhumunukunukuapua'a. Oh, the hours we spent saying it and then giggling afterwards. This is not a book to read to really learn about a specific animal. You learn a little about each. But it is great for generating interest. We mainly use them for fun and read them during picture book time. My boys look through them many times before returning them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sergio Hernandez

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Tim Schraad

    I think this story can catch the attention of a class room of children quickly. Everyone knows their ABCs and have hard the usual A is for Apple and such, but not to many people have heard of typed of fish paired with letters. Maybe it is just me but this is a new look at it if you ask me!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Good text to accompany.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    Fun, little book. We liked learning a smidge about a lot of different ocean animals. We also liked the illustrations.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Jacobson

    I really enjoyed this book because it informed me about marine life I didn't know anything about! It opened up my eyes to the kind of life that lives in the ocean! I really enjoyed this book because it informed me about marine life I didn't know anything about! It opened up my eyes to the kind of life that lives in the ocean!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    I love the alphabet books that teach me something I don't know and this one did that I love the alphabet books that teach me something I don't know and this one did that

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rida

    Very informative it may be a baby book but I still learned things i didn't know =) Very informative it may be a baby book but I still learned things i didn't know =)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Having lived on a New England island during the summer when I was younger, I am always drawn to ocean animals and this alphabet is really great.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Harris

    AR Quiz No. 41674 EN Nonfiction Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.8 - AR Pts: 0.5 Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP

  24. 5 out of 5

    Parkerc

    For his first book I liked it because the pictures and the information in it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gerilyn Lessing

    My kids love all of Jerry Pallotta's books. My kids love all of Jerry Pallotta's books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

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