These Seas Count!

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by Alison Formento
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., 2013
ISBN: 9780807578711
For ages: 4-9

Mr. Tate’s class helps clean up a local beach and listens to the sea as it tells them about all the wildlife that make it their home. One whale, two giant sea turtles, three marlins . . . and more. Of course, the class discovers that “this sea counts!” These Seas Count! explores the environmental impact and importance of the seas, and how crucial it is to keep them healthy.

Alison Formento’s gentle story and Sarah Snow’s amazing collages combine for a powerful message about the environment and what we can do to preserve our oceans.


“Captivated readers will imagine they feel the warm sun, salty ocean spray, and cooling breezes along with the students.” School Library Journal

“Formento once again underlines the value of the learning that takes place outside the classroom.” Publishers Weekly

“This useful addition to classroom units on ocean life and pollution is the sequel to This Tree Counts! (2010) and These Bees Count! (2012).” Booklist (Online Review)

“…the adventures of this multicultural class of kids are sure to interest readers, and Snow makes it easy to identify and count the items in the pictures. After learning all about how bees count, readers will be counting on Mr. Tate’s class to give them another environmental armchair trip.” Kirkus Reviews

“The collage illustrations are a delight, featuring an inviting landscape of fields and flowers….The sense of texture in the pictures is palpable to the point that one is almost surprised to find that the paper is flat and smooth.” School Library Journal

“With a light, informative narrative and pleasant digital-collage artwork, this picture book offers an engaging introduction to bees.” Booklist (Online Review)

Reading Guide/Activities

THESE SEAS COUNT! downloadable guide available at

Author’s website

About the Author

Alison Formento is the author of the award-winning picture book This Tree Counts! and its abridged board book This Tree, 1, 2, 3. From Booklist: Teachers and parents will welcome Formento’s “going green” tale. Upcoming books include These Seas Count! (2013). Alison has written for several publications including The New York TimesThe Writer and Parenting. She loves visiting schools and libraries and donates a portion of her book sales to
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School Visit Information

Alison loves traveling to schools to meet students. Please see testimonials on her website and contact Alison for detailed information, rates, and scheduling: aforment(at)optonline(dot)net

Alison Formento buzzes into schools with her interactive presentations where students from Pre-K to 8th grade will become human trees, waggle dance like honeybees and discover how trees, bees, and seas count in our world. Alison visits will benefit your students and compliments related curriculum for the following: Environmental themes including, Springtime, Earth Day and Arbor Day, nature discoveries, counting awareness, informative art, writing and idea development.

Specialized workshops offered:

Writing Seeds: Growing creative stories using idea seeds. (3rd grade and up)

Green Counting Fun: Learning math through nature inspired games and activities. Addition, subtraction, and shape building. (Pre-K -3rd grade)