Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review :: Rock Pool Secrets by Narelle Oliver

Rock Pool Secrets - Narelle Oliver

"At first glance there’s nothing much to see. But the rock pools are full of secrets. Nestling in crevices ... hiding in the seaweed ... camouflaged against the rocks ... What creatures will you find? Rock Pool Secrets features beautiful linocut artwork by award-winning author/illustrator Narelle Oliver and includes big, easy-to-use flaps and a glossary of rock pool creatures."

    Visiting rock pools is one of our favourite pass-times, making this book a winner for our little guys.  I'm always a fan of educational books.  They make my job easier, and homeschooling that much more fun.  This one makes a perfect addition to our homeschool kindergarten --> Where Garland is at (he was an absolute fan of Rock Pool Secrets from the get-go).  And while Garland may be the perfect target audience, I learnt a thing or two myself.  Next time we go rock pool hunting we'll have added purpose to our observations.  I particularly appreciated the picture index at the back.  Always a bonus!

    Rock Pool Secrets is a lift-the-flap book, appropriate considering (as the name suggests), you need to keep your eyes peeled when spotting real-life rock pool creatures.  The camouflage style illustrations provide a challenge (albeit slight) for younger readers spotting critters.  Honestly, ours found it easy, but fun, regardless.  I'm looking forward to reading it to Wilco when he's bigger, our kids always loved these 'find-me-a...' type books when they were around 2-3 years.

    We've spotted most of these creatures in our rock pool hunts, but still keeping an eye out for an octopus or sea slug.

    Rock Pool Secrets is out in hardback on April 1st, so keep an eye out!

    Many thanks to Walker Books for this review copy.

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