Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Sign of the Seahorse, by Graeme Base
The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts
by Graeme Base
New York: Harry N. Abrams
Pearl Trout and Bert Soldiercrab are star-crossed lovers in an underwater drama written in verse.
Graeme Base, author and illustrator of the immortal Animalia, brings the ocean world to life with his vivid, complex illustrations and whimsical verse. In the story of bottom-feeding street gangs, crustacean militia, and underwater mafia, the innkeeper's daughter Pearl fall for Bert, a crab who looks dashing in uniform. Through the trials of war and several missed or mixed-up messages, the two lovers lose track of each other and have many adventures. Students in grades 5-8 will enjoy hunting through the illustrations for hidden clues, discussing the implications of ocean pollution, and puzzling out the poetry of this charming tale.
Media: acrylic paint