The Underwater Alphabet Book

The Underwater Alphabet Book

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By: Jerry Pallotta / Illustrated by: Edgar Stewart

Take a deep-sea dive and see all the creatures under the sea.

This familiar favorite in Jerry Pallotta's best-selling alphabet book series takes you underwater to explore the coral reef. From Angelfish to Zebra Pipefish, an alphabet of amazing tropical creatures leads us through this important ecological system.

Vivid, color illustrations enhance a fact-filled, entertaining text which teaches the young and not-so-young reader about the fascinating life on the coral reef.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Jerry Pallotta, author

Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. His combine interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations that mesmerize children everywhere. "Alphabet books constructed around a theme helpfully provide an extra clue for deciphering the word in question. Jerry Pallotta is the king of this subgenre..." The Horn Book.

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Edgar Stewart, illustrator

Edgar Stewart, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is a professional designer and illustrator. He has illustrated several books including The Furry Alphabet Book and The Bird Alphabet Book. Edgar lives with his wife, Annie, in Vermont.

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Editorial Reviews:

National Wildlife Federation Backyard Buddies

This alphabet book takes readers underwater to explore some of the many creatures that live in a coral reef—from angelfish to zebra pipefish. Vivid illustrations enhance this fascinating, fact-filled book.

Library Talk

Jerry Pallotta's The Underwater Alphabet Book gives three to four sentence descriptions of oceanic fish from the Angelfish to the Zebra Pipefish. Full-page, full-color illustrations make this book a welcome addition to any unit on the ocean or fish. (The artwork is no where more vivid than on the final page where the words "The End" appear in an open-mouth view of a shark, appearing to lunge at the reader.) Pallotta has published several science books in the alphabet format for the elementary grades, including ones on dinosaurs, wildflowers, reptiles, frogs and mammals. He knows how to make science fun for children and adults. Don't miss his books!

Long Island Parenting News

From Angelfish to Zebra Pipefish, Edgar Stewart's paintings explore the fascinating world of aquatic life on a coral reef, too. Each letter is shown in upper and lower case, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and a brief description of their unique qualities.

Small Press

"V is for Veined Shrimp... Veined Shrimp are one of many ocean creatures who are cleaners. They clean the bodies and even inside the mouths of other fish."/"K is for King Angelfish. King Angelfishes are territorial. They act like kings. They do not like other King Angels in their territory." Brief entries contain interesting biological notes. Bright colors on semi-gloss pages convey the colorings of much of the sea life, especially tropical fish, refereed to by letters of the alphabet.

The Midwest Book Review

The Underwater Alphabet Book continues Pallotta's strategy of offering educational A-Z alphabet guides revolving around special themes. This underwater alphabet book features brilliant color illustrations by Edgar Stewart and a format which explores the facts about unusual underwater creatures. Kids receive a good education about coral reef aquatic life in this memorable coverage.


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ISBN: 978-0-88106-455-1

Ages: 4-7
Page count: 32

If you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:
Underwater Counting: Even Numbers
The Ocean Alphabet Books
Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers
Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Book series