An alphabet and ocean primer for young readers, O is for Ocean has two to three colorful letters of the alphabet with their corresponding ocean word and its matching illustration on each open page. From an anenome to a zebrashark, ocean plants and animals like manatees and kelp are highlighted, with the hardest word being xiphosura. Kaliaha’s fun illustrations are cute and enjoyable, though not remarkable, with friendly-looking fish in the forefront and sun rays and bubbles in the background water, making the ocean scenes cohesive throughout the book. The variety of plants and fishes included in the primer allows for a touch of familiarity with recognizable animals like a whale or jellyfish as well as an opportunity for more learning with inclusions like the barracuda and viper fish. Ultimately, this ABC ocean board book makes for a nice primer and an enjoyable read, but isn’t a favorite that must be in the bookshelf.
Ashley Marie Mireles was born and raised in the heart of California’s Central Valley where, as a child, she spent much of her time in her local library.Her love of books lead her to a career in the publishing industry. Ashley loves to travel, try new foods, read, and learn the choreography from her favorite music videos as a form of exercise. She currently lives in Fresno, California, with her boyfriend of six years and their terrier.
Volha Kaliaha is a vector designer and illustrator from Minks, Belarus. Following years of experience in linguistics, her interest in drawing lead to an artist’s career. Volha did not attend art school but rather refined her drawing skills from home. She worked on many various illustration projects, with her main focus being children’s illustrations. Motherhood enhanced her life as an artist, helping her to imagine the world from a child’s perspective and to see magic in simple things.
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