Mister Seahorse (Board Book)

Mister Seahorse (Board Book)

by Eric Carle

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Overview

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle's heart-warming New York Times bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear "peek-a-boo" pages that made the original such a hit. Brimming with bright, colorful sea life, this new board book will be irresistable to young children everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399254901
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 143,349
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 Months to 3 Years

About the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Carles spend their summers in the nearby Berkshire hills.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Carles spend their summers in the nearby Berkshire hills.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Hometown:

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York

Education:

Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"In his elegant painted tissue-paper collages, Carle innovatively balances pastel hues with shocks of brilliant color, creating an appealing seascape that succeeds swimmingly." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"In his elegant painted tissue-paper collages, Carle innovatively balances pastel hues with shocks of brilliant color, creating an appealing seascape that succeeds swimmingly." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Mister Seahorse 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
gdragonfly More than 1 year ago
I bought this book this summer for my under the sea theme. I am a pre-school teacher and Eric Carle is one of my favorite authors. This is absolutly one of his best. It is not only beautifully writen and illustrated but it is very informative. I learned right along with my children about how the male species of many under the water creatures help take care of their young. I would recommend this book to everyone!!!
BrennaSheridan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book revolves around a father seahorse that is nesting the eggs his wife laid in a pouch on his belly. Mister Seahorse travels around the ocean and meets other male fish that are also protecting their wife¿s eggs in different, weird (but scientifically accurate!) ways. At the end, the seahorses hatch and Mister Seahorse tells them it is time for them to be on their own now. The illustrations in this book are bright and fun, and many pages contain an extra see-through painted page to add a multiple dimension to the story.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another interactive book by Carle, doesn't live up to his other stuff though
racheich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book, Eric Carle, shows the reader the many ways that a FATHER cares for the eggs after the mother has laid them. Along with fun plastic colored transparencies to add to the fun while reading the book, it is interesting to learn about a father's role in carrying eggs when as human we always see he mother carrying the baby. Also, it tells the kind of fish that helps carry the eggs so the child hearing or reading this book can learn names for fish species as well!
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Seahorse carries the eggs until they are ready to hatch. He observes other fish and how they take care of their eggs.
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Approriateness: Primary Genre: Mister Seahorse would be considered a Fantasy becuase the author uses his imagination to create sea characters, the seahorse and other fish, that talk to one another. The story connects to our lives becuase it talks about Fathers and how they take of us growing up. This book also talks about how many male fish are the ones that nurture the eggs before they are hatched.
laurakurtz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic Eric Carle book, in which a personified male seahorse agrees to care for his mate's eggs, he then swims around the ocean, encountering other male fish protecting their eggs. He also swims right by many camouflaged creatures, which Carle makes special with an acetate clear page. At the end his sea horse babies hatch and leave.
lmbenji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mister Seahorse is a great representation of a fathers devotion to his children. With fact based information, this story shows children how fathers are meant to care and love their children! It is a great way for children to realize the role of a father and how their father should treat them! It is a fun and colorful read!
emilee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book for its redefinition of our gender roles.
cjoley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite children¿s fiction books is Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle. This is a story about a father seahorse that cares the eggs that the mother seahorse just laid. He carries the eggs around in his pouch. While he is waiting for his eggs to hatch, he travels through the sea meeting other father fish that are caring for their eggs also. Each father fish he encounters has different, and sometimes unusual, ways of caring for their eggs. For example, Mr. Tilapia carries his eggs in his mouth, while Mr. Kurtus stuck his eggs on top of his head. Eric Carle¿s love of nature and ability to capture it in a picture book is shown in his work. Mister Seahorse is full of colorful illustrations and adds excitement and intrigue with the acetate pages that camouflage the fish until you turn the page. The information in the book is scientifically correct and offers children a fun way to learn about different fish. It also reinforces the important roles that fathers have in their children¿s lives. Each father fish in the story was very careful with their eggs and proud of the role they were taking. This book is appropriate for preschoolers through second grade. I would use this book as part of a science lesson about sea life. I would bring an aquarium into the classroom and practice observation skills. The students would take turns feeding and caring for the fish in order to learn about them. I may do a K-W-L chart (if it was developmentally appropriate) and let the children research answers to their questions. Vocabulary, art, and math could also be included with this book.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Seahorse is swimming through the ocean seeing many of his friends. All of his friends happen to be different species of male fish who carry the eggs to care for them until they hatch. This is a great book to show that a father's relationship to a child is just as vital in a child's life as the mother's relationship. The book can be used in the classroom to teach parent roles, fish species, or personification. The book is fact based which i think is awesome. I loved the transparent pages with different fish hidden behind them. That is a great way to keep children interacting and involved with the book because the teacher can have the students look for the fish before flipping the page.
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely illustarted story about a male seahorse that carries his young. It is informative in that it tells you how seahorses both male and female contribute to the birth process. A nice message in gender and families.
kclopez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mister Seahorse is the tale of a seahorse who care for his wife's egg. As Mister Seahorse travels the ocean he encounters countless different sea creature fathers who are also taking care of their unborn children also. Mister Seahorse has Eric Carle's signature artwork but has pages of transparent sheets. This is a good book to read to children when introducing underwater life or even maybe a single father family.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story follows a male seahorses' journey while taking care of his young, along the way he meets other male sea creatures who also care for their young.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a mother and father seahorse that are ready to have babies. The father seahorse is in charge of taking care of the babies until they hatch. He journeys through the ocean meeting many other father fish that are taking care of their babies until they hatch. The book does a great job of displaying how different fish and sea creatures protect their hatchlings differently. The book ends with the babies hatching and one of the seahorses tried to go back inside the father but he explains that he will protect them now that they are outside of the pouch.
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Carle artwork and a funny little story of paternal child-rearing in the aquatic world.
slovepb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mrs Seahorse lays her eggs in Mr Seahorse's pousch, he then swims off meeting lots of other fishy dads who are looking after eggs or babies onme way or another.
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Great children's book - excellent illustrations and a lovely story. Recommend for children 3+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a particularly interesting book since the male seahorse produces the babies instead of the female. Typical colorful Eric Carle illustrations.
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Mr.Seahorse is babby sitting Mrs.seahorses eggs.my favorite part was whenh he passes all the fish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mister Seahorse is an excellent easy read with an enlightening story. The text is arranged in paragraph form that incorporates easy to read dialogue with repetition. The author uses repetition of events and text in two ways. One way repetition is used, the father seahorse meets other sea animals that are fathers with their young. Another way of repetition used is with knowing that mister seahorse is going to meet a sea animal that is hiding behind something. The repetition used moves the reader to the next page because the text has the reader wondering what is hiding on the next page. The front cover has a seahorse that is the main character of the book. Eric Carle¿s illustrations are outstanding. He makes collage-like illustrations out of painted tissue paper. The illustrations are beautiful, however the book needs the text to understand the meaning of the book. The two illustrations that are the most effective in developing the story are when mister seahorse is given his young to carry and when mister seahorse¿s young hatch and the baby seahorses are sent into the big sea to live on their own. The character trait of a caring father is established through the text and illustrations. I think most children can identify mister seahorse and the other ¿father¿ sea animals taking care of their young.