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The Sea Knows

Written by Alice B. McGinty and Alan B. Havis and illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Published by Simon & Schuster
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What's The Sea Knows About

Publisher Summary

Dive in and explore the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants in this lyrical, fact-filled ode to the sea! This beautifully illustrated picture book features extensive nonfiction backmatter for further exploration.

We are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows.

In this playful, rhyming celebration of the marine world, readers can explore all of the wondrous things the sea knows. It knows huge whales and small krill; it knows short crabs and tall giant kelp; it knows brightly colored starfish in shallow pools; and in the inky depths it knows the alluring jewel of an anglerfish’s glowing lure.

Discover all of the strange and magnificent underwater creatures in this accessible tribute to the power and mystery of the ocean.

What Kind of Book is The Sea Knows

Quotes from The Sea Knows

  • "The sea knows wind, and waves that tower. The sea knows storm. The sea knows power." "The sea knows when the storms should cease. The sea knows calm. The sea knows peace."

Where Does The Sea Knows Excel

Rhyme Time


What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This story highlights the diversity of the creatures that live under the sea. Which are some of your favorites, and why?

  • At the end of the book you’ll find fascinating facts that elaborate on each line of the poem. To fully enjoy this book, take time to read the facts and flip back to the corresponding illustration.

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A celebration of the sea, across many of its aspects, depths and inhabitants in poetic verse. There is also an opportunity to dive deeper on each aspect mentioned at the back of the book for curious readers!

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Who Wrote The Sea Knows

Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty is the award-winning author of over 40 fiction and nonfiction books for children. She considers herself to be a story detective, and loves finding stories, whether they be true biographical stories or ones that she makes up herself, based on the seeds she finds in her life experiences. Nothing is more fun than finding a good story and making it come to life!

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Who Illustrated The Sea Knows

Stephanie Laberis

Stephanie Laberis is an illustrator and character designer who specializes in creating art for animation, children’s publications, and toys. She is the illustrator of Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer. She lives in San Francisco.

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What Has Alice B. McGinty Said About The Sea Knows

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What Has Alan B. Havis Said About The Sea Knows

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What Has Stephanie Laberis Said About The Sea Knows

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Alice B. McGinty's Book Dedication

For Alan, who knows where to find the magic

Alan B. Havis's Book Dedication

For Alice, who has opened my eyes in so many ways

Stephanie Laberis's Book Dedication

For F. B. & S. D. A., kindling my fascination with our beautiful, mysterious oceans

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Publication Date:
May 5, 2020
Text Details:
The text for this book was set in Edlund.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations for this book were digitally rendered.

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