“Who Lives in the Sea?” by Monika Mira follows an inquisitive child as the child learns about the ocean by speaking to all of the sea creatures. It is a great book for kids for several reasons. The author uses conversational language that kid’s respond to, she repeats the same words and phrases, and includes many undersea creatures for kids to learn about. It’s the perfect combination of repeating familiar words to promote fluency as well as learning the names of unfamiliar animals.
This book is obviously meant for kids to be able to follow along because simple language is used. The main character, Baby (we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl), is at the beach with mommy and wants to learn about the world surrounding them. Simple words are used to enable beginning readers to follow along this whimsical tale.
The repetition of many of the simple words and phrases help to enable kids to read along and learn new words. Baby repeats on every page, “Who lives in the sea?” Any child will begin to recognize that phrase and at least read that sentence aloud. That is the perfect way to learn sight words and help kids to read more fluently.
There are many sea creatures mentioned along with colorful pictures. Rock crabs, humpback whales, and the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal are all included. I especially like how it ends by asking, “Try to tell me some of the sea creatures that live in the sea.” That’s perfect for starting dialogue about ocean life. This is a great book to learn the name of new animals and would compliment a unit on the ocean or sea life quite nicely.