123: Beneath the Sea! Is a lovely counting and colours book that features brightly-coloured sea creatures from all along the Pacific coast! Cute rhymes reveal information about each marine animal’s underwater activities: ‘five yellow sea stars seek scallops in the bay, six black killer whales hunt for fish all day.’ Michael Arnott’s gorgeous illustrations depict spiralling kelp forests, flowing eelgrass beds and sparking aquamarine waters illuminated with shafts of filtered sunlight. A key to each animals’ oceanic range and conservation status also includes three scientific facts about each sea creature. A final map shows where the animals may be commonly found along the coast, accompanied by a statement about marine conservation.
Dedicated to late marine conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart, partial proceeds from 123: Beneath the Sea! will be donated to Pacific Wild in Rob’s honour. Fun and educational, 123: Beneath the Sea! is a fantastic first book for children ages 0-5.