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See the Ocean

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Estelle Condra
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2000

Synopsis: Nellie loves her family's annual trip over the Black Mountains to their beach house. Every year her two brothers compete to see who will first see the ocean through the mountain passes. Illustrated in softly flowing colors, this is the story of a little girl who sees the beauty of the world, not with her eyes, but with her mind and her heart.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Close your eyes and pretend that you are blind. What is your favorite place to go with your friends or family? Can you describe it? Draw a picture.
•  Have the children pair up. Have one describe a favorite place using all senses--not just sight. Have the other draw that place based on the description (they can use words to indicate the other senses if they can't draw it). Then, switch.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!