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The Seven Seas    by Ellen Jackson, Bill Slavin & Esperanca Melo order for
Seven Seas
by Ellen Jackson
Order:  USA  Can
Eerdmans, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This lively picture book is original and contains some geography lessons that even young children will enjoy.

A bored bunny is not paying attention in class, while his teacher is instructing the students about the Black and Red Seas.

This prompts a daydreaming journey to the seven seas of the world (at least, the ones in his mind).

After taking a bus to Marrakesh, a taxi to Peru, riding a mule to Istanbul, and a yak to Timbuktu, he embarks on his quest:

'The Red Sea looks like pizza sauce---
A little or a lottle.
The roosters dine on ladybugs
With ketchup from a bottle.

The Brown Sea's made of chocolate,
A place to drown your cares.
Its whipped cream foam is home sweet home
To brownish, clownish bears.

When the bunny returns to reality and checks a map, he realizes that all of the seas are blue and not as colorful as in his imagination. The end of the book contains a map, prompting children to find the real seas and distinguish them from the imaginary ones in the book.

This is a unique and enjoyable picture book, with perfect meter and lovely, muted colored illustrations.

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