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Secret Seahorse (Hide & Seek Books) [Illustrated] [Board book]

Stella Blackstone , Clare Beaton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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31 Aug 2005 Hide & Seek Books
The watery world of the coral reef is explored in this hide-and-seek adventure from best-selling duo Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton. Follow an elusive seahorse as he swims through different underwater environments, meeting a colourful kaleidoscope of sea creatures - including sea anemones, crabs, starfish, eels and octopuses - along the way. Containing five pages of educational information, including facts about the coral reef, sea creatures and the lifecycle of seahorses, while introducing children to underwater vocabulary, Secret Seahorse is an ideal present for children who are fascinated by the mysterious landscape that exists under the sea. The hide-and-seek theme featured throughout invites the reader to hunt the seahorse on every page, encouraging interaction with the text and illustrations to ensure this book will become a well-thumbed favourite.

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Product details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd; New Ed edition (31 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190523614X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905236145
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 16.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bath publishers have - rightly - elevated children's illustration to a form of high art, and this is a fine example of a book so mouth-wateringly illustrated your instincts will want to protect it from grubby mitts with shrink wrap. Using fabrics, sequins, buttons, beads and assorted bric-a-bric, ex-BBC artist Clare Beaton has created eye-catchingly fishy collages for this simply rhyming story of an elusive seahorse, with clownfish, octopi and a mermaid, plus a brilliant factual section on coral reefs and their creatures.' --Venue

'This rhyming, hide-and-seek adventure explores the enchanting world of the coral reef. Following an elusive seahorse as he swims through different watery environments, the book introduces children to wonderful sea creatures.' --Junior Education

'Explore the underwater world of the coral reef in this rhyming, hide and seek adventure. Follow the elusive seahorse through the different watery environments meeting a variety of sea life from anemones to swordfish as he swims. Illustrated using handcrafted felt, sequins and buttons and with five pages of educational information, this enchanting book is ideal for children with a fascination for the mysterious environment that exists under the sea. Hunt the seahorse on every page to encourage interaction with the text and pictures.' --We Are Family

About the Author

On good days, Stella Blackstone lives east of the sun and west of the moon. On less good days, she lives at the bottom of a well. She finds ideas in all of these places and turns them into songs, poems and rhymes. She has read and written poetry for as long as she can remember, and her favourite books include Louis Untermeyer?s A Child's Treasury of Poetry, which was a constant companion throughout her childhood, Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, everything by T.S. Eliot, and William Buck's translation of The Ramayana. She lives in southwest England, and enjoys walking and working in her garden as well as doing nothing whenever she has the chance Clare Beaton worked at the BBC for eight years, illustrating on many children's television programmes. She is now highly sought-after creator of handcrafted children's picture books. Clare has had nearly fifty books published, including One Moose, Twenty Mice (Barefoot Books, 1998) and Mother Goose Remembers (Barefoot Books, 2000), both of which have attracted considerable praise.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Endearing cover opens to 32 high quality shiny pages with super 'collage-type' illustrations, from Clare Beaton, making it not too easy to spot the seahorse and where he is hiding on the relevant 2-page spreads!
This super book is further enhanced by basic general knowledge pages about 'Coral Reefs', 'Creatures of the Coral Reef' and 'Secrets of Seahorses', at the back.

'Can you see the seahorse as he swims through the mysterious world of the coral reef?
You will meet all kinds of colourful sea creatures and learn lots of fascinating facts about them as you follow this easy-to-read rhyming adventure.'

Example of text:-

'I saw a secret seahorse deep down in the sea.
I tried to swim beside him. He was too quick for me.
He swam past reefs of coral, with colours flower bright.
He swam past flickering fishes, then disappeared from sight....'
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4.0 out of 5 stars unusual, attractive book 21 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
This book has very attractive illustrations which are a mixture of embroidery and fabric collage using beads, sequins, etc. It's something a bit different from the usual children's illustrations - it would make a lovely present. The rhyming text is about searching under the sea for a seahorse, so the pictures have various underwater scenes including a lovely one with a mermaid. Like all the other Barefoot books I have seen, this is a lovely book to share with a child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures, shame about the text 15 April 2009
By Ellie
Format:Board book
I'd give this book 5 stars for the wonderful Clare Beaton illustrations alone, but the text lets it down. It's very clunky and extremely hard to read aloud. It's intended as a simple verse, but doesn't scan well and it has a lot of awkward conjunctions that make it a bit of a chore to read aloud to a small child. We just look for all the fishes and sea creatures. I love the creative use of fabrics and haberdashery, as always with CB's illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read 25 Sep 2006
Format:Board book
My 18 month old daughter absolutely loves searching for the Secret Seahorse on every page. This book is a great way to introduce your little ones to sea creatures and is definetely a beautiful book you'll want to keep on you shelves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but damaged in post. 28 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is lovely, ideal for my sea creature obsessed 3 year old son. However, it wasn't very well packaged and did get damaged in the post, making it look quite old and tatty. A little disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 July 2013
By Katie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a great buy its a fantastic book with a great story
line and lovely eye catching bright pictures,
my daughter loves it
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