Limu loves to garden. Of course, as a sea turtle, his garden is on the bottom of the ocean. He cares for it, and lots of other animals call it home. One day, his good friend Jonah the whale stops by with a gift - a seaweed. It is a great addition to Limu's garden, and Limu cares for it too. Until it grows out of control, using all the sunlight that all the other plants need.
The illustrations in this book are so colorful and interesting, your toddler will love looking at all the pictures again and again, and pointing to all the sea creatures. In fact, speaking of color, that was the one part of the book that I never know quite how to take - Coral, the pink sea-turtle, the self-described "most beautiful" pink sea turtle in the ocean. Bringing up the age old question, is it prideful if it is true?
In any case, from pointing out colors, to counting fishes, to talking about caring for plants and animals, this book is one we love, and I think you will too.
Books for Children Ages: 18 months to 6 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Caring for plants and animals, gardening, helping each other, making new friends, habitats.
- Make your own underwater garden, complete with fish. Having a pet can be a wonderful way to teach children about responsibility and caring for others. And while a cat or a dog is probably outside of the ability of a toddler to care for (although they can certainly help), a fish can be low maintenane enough that they do the daily things "all by myself!" Pick up a small tank, and let your child(ren) help choose which fish from the store they would like.
- Play the "sink or float" game. This game can be played in a large tub on a towel in the living room, in the bathtub, or on a sunny warm day in a bucket in the backyard. Collect a whole variety of objects from around the house or yard that will be safe around the kids and not damaged by water. Fill the tub or bucket about half full with water. Then experiment away with putting all the objects in the water. Which ones float? Which ones sink. WARNING: Children can drown in even a little bit of water in only a couple minutes. Absolutely never, ever, leave your child unattended with water even for a minute. If you have to leave the room, you are better off taking the child (even if soaking wet and/or naked) with you.
- Take a trip to your local zoo. Talk about the things all the different animals need to live, and the places in the world they come from.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book