“Beneath the ocean deep and wide one lonely, drifting sea horse cried, ‘In all the cold and salty sea I’m all alone – there’s only me.’”
Ever been to a really fine restaurant where you are served an exquisite dish, and you find yourself trying to identify all the ingredients to figure out how they could taste so good? Well, that experience is both a metaphor and a pretty fair description of the latest masterpiece by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, the uniquely talented team behind How Are You Peeling? and Play with Your Food.
Here is the story of Bea, a solitary sea horse. In search of friends she finds two crabs, three dolphins... up to ten gloriously colored angel fish: a group she can surely count on. And, of course everything you see on the page was once a fruit or a vegetable - from the fishy stars of the story, to the coral reefs, anemones, and graceful sea-plants against which the action is played.
The authors have laid out a visual feast and invited you all in to sample to your heart's content: a clear, readable counting book, a sensitive story, a lush graphic work of art, and a remarkable "look-alike" game.
Come to the table and taste for yourself. You'll love it.
Reviews and Awards
IRA Children's Choice 2001
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal
“The illustrations, created out of fruits and vegetables, are amazing… Each turn of the page reveals a cleverly conceived and executed scene that evokes a remarkably realistic underwater moment.” - School Library Journal
“In beautifully photographed dioramas, fruits and vegetables are transformed into sea flora and fauna in an underwater counting adventure…The edible characters are wonderfully expressive…Children will have fun using the endpaper produce key to sort everything out and gleefully accept the invitation to review counting basics and find the creative possibilities in familiar objects.” - Booklist
“After reading this book, you may never look at a piece of cauliflower the same way again.” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“One Lonely Seahorse offers proof that there is apparently no limits to the imagination of Joost Elffers and Saxton Freyman.” – New York Times
Trim Size: 10" x 8 3/4"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Play With Your Food, LLC
Rights Available? no