Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

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When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets some other underwater fathers caring for their babies: Mr. Tilapia, who carries his babies in his mouth; Mr. Kurtus, who keeps his on his head; and Mr. Catfish, who is baby-sitting his young hatchlings.

Eric Carle has done it again, with astonishingly beautiful collage illustrations and a story that introduces the very young to the wonders of aquatic life . . . and some very special daddies. A "hide and seek" feature with acetate overlays adds a colorful surprise.


About Eric Carle

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Eric Carle lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Published April 26, 2004 by Philomel Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The striking single seahorse gracing the cover of this tribute to aquatic fatherhood could never be mistaken as anything other than one of Carle’s consummately creative collage creatures.

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Then, drifting through the sea, the expectant pater meets up with other fish who are also carrying—or protecting—eggs, such as Mr. Tilapia, who carries eggs in his mouth, and Mr. Kurtus, who has stuck his mate's eggs on top of his head.

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Common Sense Media

Among them are trumpet fish, lionfish, leaf fish, stonefish, pipe fish, and bullheads.

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Shelf Awareness

Does your toddler know that when a mother seahorse gives birth, she lays her eggs in the pouch of the father seahorse?

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