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Mister Seahorse Hardcover – April 26, 2004 by Eric Carle (Author, Illustrator)

I’m collecting Eric Carle’s colorful board books as my three grandkids love them. As a grandma I love how these sturdy books hold up to regular fun play and I don’t have to worry about taping pages back together. Eric Carle always has great information to help children understand all parts of their world through the lives of a variety of animals large and small. I would buy one for the kids as gifts and one for myself as I love them so much. I also teach elementary art at a nearby school and plan to share these books and encourage the students to illustrate their ownstories through these inspirations. Check it out! Review Are you ready for a scintillating seahorse fact? The father seahorse is the one who carries the mother’s eggs around in his pouch before they hatch. In Mister Seahorse, master collage artist Eric Carle teaches preschoolers this lesson and introduces them to a few other fish who bear the traditionally maternal burden of caring for eggs: the stickleback, tilapia, Kurtus nurseryfish (known here as Mr. Kurtus), pipefish, and bullhead catfish. As ever, it’s Carle’s art that steals the show. Cut-up tissue paper soaks up the watery paint and makes for a boldly colorful, almost jewel-like undersea journey. The story? Well, repetition is the heart of instruction, after all. Most of Carle’s books employ some sort of gizmo or gadget–and this one is no exception. Here, for a splendid lesson in camouflage, colorful acetate sheets mask marine life that is revealed as the child turns the page. Children may take comfort in the devotion of these undersea fathers…except perhaps at the very end when the father seahorse says to a freshly hatched sea-pony who wants back in the pouch: “I do love you, but now you are ready to be on your own.” (Preschool) –Karin Snelson

Mister Seahorse Hardcover – April 26, 2004 by Eric Carle (Author, Illustrator) Review

You gotta hand it to Eric Carle for still putting together great visuals and cute stories like this. I never heard of Mister Seahorse until a few months ago, and figured it was one of his books I missed out on when I was a kid. Nope, ‘turns out it was released in 2004, but it sure fits in with his other greats like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Quiet Cricket. And just like those books, it sports a unique feature with how the pages are done here and there. Mister Seahorse takes care of Mrs. Seahorse’s eggs one day, and carries them in a pouch on his stomach. He goes around the ocean, and encounters a few other fish that also happen to be dads that are taking care of their eggs too. Between encounters, Mister Seahorse will see different creatures hiding behind rocks, seaweed and other objects, introducing the reader to new kinds of marine life. The final pages have the babies hatching from their eggs in Mister Seahorse’s tummy, and they all leave him, ready to go out into the world on their own. One seahorse tries to go back, but, lovingly, Mister Seahorse tells it that while he does love the baby, it needs to go on without him. This book has the usual colorful Eric Carle artwork with tissue paper, and it looks beautiful. Every book I see by him, it’s like his work just gets better and better. And you gotta love the use of transparent sheets to hide some of the fish every couple of pages. One page will say that Mister Seahorse sees something, then the next page is covered by a transparent plastic sheet with something to hide the fish on the page beneath it. Like a big brown rock concealing a big brown fish. When you turn the page, Mister Seahorse is covered by the object, and it still looks good. Kids will love this feature, and my daughter is always eager to turn the clear pages herself. The only negative thing I can point out is that the book is repetitive with the plot- Mister Seahorse encounters another father fish, tells it that it’s doing a good job, bumps into hidden creatures, repeat a few times, but it’s been said that children love repetition, so I can’t dock points for that. The story is still cute, and the artwork is eye candy galore. Plus this is one of the few kid’s books I’ve seen around that focuses on the dad taking care of his children, and it’s good that good ol’ Eric did a story with this theme. 5 stars for great art, great use of clear pages, and for being my daughter’s second book that she’s memorized (the other being Where the Wild Things Are of course). -Read Reviews-

I love all Eric Carle books! I read this with my pre-k students. Students will mainly learn that male seahorses carry the eggs until they hatch and about other types of unique fish where the male takes care of the eggs (pipe fish, etc). There really isn’t much story to it, but the pictures are fun.

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