Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Seven Seas

The Seven Seas

Ellen Jackson
Illustrator:  Bill Slavin , Esperana Melo 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 8
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2010   ISBN: 978-0802853417

A young white rabbit student is sitting in class when his teacher announces that they are going to learn about the Black Sea and the Red Sea. As Mrs. Martin talks and talks and talks, the student’s thoughts start to wander and soon he is no longer in his classroom. Instead, he is exploring the seven seas and all the lands around them “by train, by boat, by plane.”

After travelling to Marrakesh in a bus, to Peru in a taxi, to Istanbul on a mule, and to Timbuktu on a yak, the little rabbit learns that it is said that the Yellow Sea is made of lemonade and that it is “quite all right to sip.” He sees that the Green Sea is full of broccoli that is twelve feet tall. The Red Sea looks like “pizza sauce,” and the Brown Sea is “made of chocolate. The Black Sea is also sweet and tasty to eat because it is made of licorice. What else will he discover on his journey? What will the Purple and Pink Seas be like?

Learning about the Seven Seas and what they are like takes on a whole new meaning in this wonderfully amusing picture book. With its rhyming text and its funny illustrations, this book shows to great effect how vital it is to have an active imagination.

At the end of the book, the author includes an informative section (with a map) that looks at the real Seven Seas. She also includes general information about what seas are, why they are blue, and more.