Commotion in the Ocean – Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz

Age Range: 3 to 7

Commotion in the Ocean is a fabulous, rhyming, non fiction picture book that introduces a wide range of fish and animals. I have bought this for several children as a present, used it in the classroom and finally bought it for my daughter for International Book Giving Day!

I like the way that children are introduced to different fish and animals through a short verse accompanied by a bright, bold, colourful illustration. Each animal (including penguins, polar bears and turtles) or fish (including jelly fish, angel fish and swordfish) is introduced on a separate page or spread. The book provides lots of scope for discussion and the picture on the final page invites the reader to name some of the creatures introduced throughout the book.

I have used this book successfully in the classroom with non native English speakers. The (mostly!) rhyming text is easy to read aloud (a few words don’t rhyme completely e.g. funny / tummy) but it would still be a good book to teach rhyme (useful to point out how difficult it can be to find a complete rhyme for some words!).

You can download a set of free Commotion in the Ocean posters on the Teacher’s Pet website.

I have also listed the other books in this series which I would also recommend (the only one we haven’t read is Dinosaurs Galore).

Author: Giles Andreae / Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

The Commotion in the Ocean (Orchard Picturebooks)

by Giles Andreae [Orchard Books]
£5.99 ·  EUR 6,64 ·  EUR 5,19 ·  EUR 5,19 ·  $0.24

Farmyard Hullabaloo (Orchard Picturebooks)

by Giles Andreae [Orchard Books]
£5.14 ·  EUR 8,38 ·  EUR 8,01 ·  EUR 8,62 ·  $7.26

The Rumble in the Jungle

by Giles Andreae [Orchard Books]
£7.35 ·  EUR 9,30 ·  EUR 10,70 ·  EUR 10,02 ·  $8.33

Dinosaurs Galore!

by Giles Andreae [Orchard Books]
£5.99 ·  EUR 7,60 ·  EUR 9,34 ·  EUR 8,76 ·  $7.49

2 thoughts on “Commotion in the Ocean – Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz

    • These are great books to use in the classroom. A friend of mine asked the children in her class to write their own poem about a sea creature of their choice, she said they had a lot of fun.

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