A First Book of the Sea

By Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Emily Sutton

A beautifully produced anthology of poems about the sea, from award-winning bookmakers – the perfect companion to A First Book of Nature.

From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. With this book, children can swim alongside dolphins and flying fish, pore over rockpools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins – all in the comfort of their bedroom. Emily Sutton's exquisite watercolours capture the breathless excitement of a child's first glimpse of the sea, the majesty of ancient trading ships and the sheer, staggering wonder of the humpback whale. The perfect companion to international bestsellers A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals, this book is sure to enthral and inspire readers of all ages. “Spectacular … you can almost smell the surf between the pages.” The Times “Five stars – if you take only one picture book away this summer, make it this.” The Telegraph

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406391015
  • Published: 02 Jul 2020
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 288 x 260 mm
  • Pages: 104

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Customer reviews


'“Just dive in and enjoy.”' The Sunday Express

'“Like fish and chips, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton are meant for each other. You can almost smell the surf between the pages.”' The Times

'“This ravishing coffee-table volume of poems is the perfect companion to a seaside holiday, cruise or day out, full of language rich observations about wildlife and beaches and illustrated with engrossing visual variety and charm.” ' The Sunday Times

'“If you take only one picture book away this summer, make it this.”' The Telegraph

'“gloriously illustrated”' The Daily Telegraph, Best 50 Books of 2018

'“a riot of summer nostalgia.”' Telegraph.co.uk, Christmas Books of 2018

'“With tales of the world’s oceans, this compendium of rhymes brilliantly captures the excitement of a child’s first glimpse of the sea.”' Baby London

'“[…] a beautiful book that will keep children enthralled.” ' Smallish

'“This collection of poems about the oceans of the world, accompanied by Emily Sutton's stunning watercolours, perfectly captures the excitement of seeing the sea for the first time […]” ' Nursery World

'“This collection of poems with watercolours illustrations is a future classic.”' Mother and Baby

'“[….] an outstanding and wondrous evocation of the sea.” ' Red Reading Hub

'“A spellbinding collection […]”' ParentTalk

'“This spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores will enthral and inspire readers of all ages.” ' Bath Magazine

'“This is a celebration of the sea to be enjoyed and savoured, whilst also, subtly and cleverly, teaching and informing readers, both young and old, about the wonders of our watery world.”' Carousel Christmas Guide 2018

'“[…] a celebration of our blue planet in all its glory.”' The Irish Independent

'“This is a truly beautiful book which will be looked at and enjoyed over and over again, all the while opening children's eyes to the importance of looking after this precious resource. Beautifully produced too, to make a perfect gift.”' Parents in Touch

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