Last Friday, Jerry, Brynne and I went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. This was our first time there, and I must say that it is a very impressive aquarium. We sometimes worry that there won't be enough to entertain an especially young kid, but most exhibits and activities were perfectly suited to her. I especially liked the fact that so many of the tanks went to the floor so that she didn't need us to hold her to see everything.
We made the obligatory visit to the gift shop, and I found Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Clare Beaton. The book's illustrations are what grabbed me - a vivid underwater world created with felt applique, embellished with beads, sequins, buttons, lace, etc. I showed the book to Jerry, and he didn't think that Brynne would appreciate the book as much as I did. But, I decided that in that case, the book would be for me! (Brynne has since surprised us by loving the book - returning to it again and again to hunt for the elusive seahorse!)
I may be a latecomer to Clare Beaton's books, but her work is truly gorgeous. I have now added her other books, Zoe and Her Zebra, One Moose, Twenty Mice, and There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch to my wish list.
Here are a couple of photos from Secret Seahorse for you to admire:
I definitely found this book to be inspiring on the craft front, and I can certainly give it the thumbs-up from an almost 2-year old!