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Out of the ocean
Frasier, Debra.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A young girl and her mother walk along the beach and marvel at the treasures cast up by the sea and the wonders of the world around them.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 47893.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 1 Quiz: 13553 Guided reading level: J.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Open this book and walk along the ocean shore. If you look carefully, you might find all kinds of things. Some--like shells and sea glass--will be small enough to fit in your hand. Others--like the sun and the sky and the waves--will be too big to carry home. But no matter what your journey holds, you'll soon discover that looking for the ocean's treasures can be as important as finding them.

Author Notes

DEBRA FRASIER'Sdebut picture book, On the Day You Were Born, has become a perennial classic for welcoming new babies and celebrating families. Her other books include Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake, The Incredible Water Show , and Out of the Ocean . She was born and raised on the Atlantic coast of Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. The author of the very popular On the Day You Were Born (1991) again celebrates the majesty and beauty of Earth, this time narrowing her focus to the ocean and its gifts. A mother tells her child, "You can ask the ocean to bring you something. If you look . . . you might find it." The mother asks for things too big to take home, but the child wants smaller items--shells, polished pieces of colored glass, a turtle skull, and other treasures. The illustrations are a cheerful if somewhat jarring combination of paintings, cut-paper pictures, and photographs, but the lyrically written, nicely understated text invites readers to notice and appreciate all that the ocean (and life) can offer. Most libraries will want at least one copy of this substantial picture book. (Reviewed April 15, 1998)0152588493Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

"My mother says you can ask the ocean to bring you something. If you look, she says, you might find it," begins this picture book tribute to the sea. While the child covets such tangible "treasures" as sea glass, pelican feathers and a note-filled bottle, her mother "keeps asking for things that are too big to carry home. Sun. Water. Silver moonlight. The sound of waves. Sea turtle tracks at dawn." Frasier's (On the Day You Were Born) narrative sets the mother's rather impressionistic passages against the child's more grounded listing of the many ocean gifts the child collects. Graphically, the book combines full-spread photos of beach findings and sunlit water with Frasier's fanciful collage-like art. The opening double-page illustration invites readers to view the sunny beach scene along with daughter and mother, the sand stretching before them, hibiscus blooming and frothy waves hitting the shore. However, succeeding spreads are interrupted by grainy, distorted photos inset within the collages. Overlaid on top of these photos, framed in heavy black lines, mother and child are silhouetted with no discernible features, which tends to distance the reader. This jarring juxtaposition makes what would otherwise be a kind of spiritual scavenger hunt at the beach a rather jolting experience for the reader. "An Ocean Journal" at volume's end offers aspiring beachcombers information on some of the sea's fruits. All ages. (Mar.) FYI: The book is also available in the Out of the Ocean Treasure Bag and Ocean Journal Package (includes book, bag and 8-page journal) for $19.95, ISBN -201521-3. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3‘"My mother says you can ask the ocean to bring you something." Frasier evokes the limitless possibilities of a summer beach day and personalizes it through the conversations of a mother/daughter pair. A sense of the ocean as gift giver is projected, registering the beachcombers' hopes and satisfying them when the time is right. In this manner, objects washed ashore, from a wooden shoe to bottles with messages, all seem charged with magic. Frasier incorporates full-color snapshots with cut-paper art. Her illustrations stretch over double-page spreads. Close-up photos of sand provide the background. As in On the Day You Were Born (Harcourt, 1991), the layout is inventive and effective, whether cradling the text or propelling readers on to the next page. Boldly framed silhouettes of the narrator and her mother are juxtaposed onto beach scenes, creating a feeling of depth, a window into a more spiritual dimension. The book ends with a six-page "Ocean Journal" that gives background on the featured found objects: sharks' teeth, sea-turtle tracks, black skate egg pouches, beach glass. A satisfying offering that will open doors for its readers.‘Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.