Ocean Life (Hello, World!)

by Jill McDonald (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Hello, World!

All young children love to play in the waves at the beach. Now here's a Hello, World! board book that teaches them all about oceans and the creatures and plants that live there.

Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms ("An octopus has eight arms. Can you count them all?") and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! is a perfect way to bring science, nature, and culture into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series:

  • Solar System
  • Weather
  • Birds
  • Dinosaurs
  • My Body
  • How Do Apples Grow?
  • Backyard Bugs
  • Moon Landing

"A gentle underwater excursion."--Kirkus

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School Library Journal

Toddler-PreS McDonald describes a variety of marine creatures, inviting young children to "dive in and take a look!" She devotes a spread each to whales, dolphins, sharks, an octopus, sea horses, crabs and lobsters, sea turtles, and jellyfish, offering a sentence or two about each species and a fun fact as a footnote. For example, after counting an octopus's eight arms, readers are told that "an octopus also has three hearts, blue blood, nine brains, and no bones!" With lively cartoon watercolors throughout, this inviting introduction to ocean life provides basic information for young nature lovers.

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Jill McDonald
JILL McDONALD is a Missouri-based illustrator and designer whose cheery and colorful art can be found on clothing, fabric, bedding, stationery, puzzles, games, and in a variety of books for babies and toddlers. See more of her work at jillmcdonalddesign.com and follow her on Instagram at @missjillmcdonald.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication date
February 05, 2019
Hello, World!
BISAC categories
JNF003150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Marine Life
JNF003090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Fishes
JNF037070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Water (Oceans, Lakes, Etc.)
Library of Congress categories
Board books
Marine animals

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