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The Ocean Story

by John Seven
Illustrated by Jana Christy

The story of the ocean is as old as the earth itself. Overfishing, pollution, and oil spills have highlighted the need to take better care of our oceans so that the story can continue to be told. With poetic, lyrical text and gorgeous illustrations, this book will introduce the ocean story to the youngest listeners and offer a platform for questions and discussion from older readers.

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile LevelAD 570L
ATOS Level3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #161491
Page Dimensions11" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $22.65 School/Library Price
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Children's Book a Day blog - Lady Ida

"This lovely engaging story tells the "ocean story" of fish and other animals that inhabit our planet and how oil spills and other disasters are killing the animals and destroying the planet. The pictures are beautiful. The colors are rich and realistic a" - Children's Book a Day blog

April 18, 2011

Vegbooks Blog - Carolyn Mullin

"How do you write a story about one of the greatest, biggest, and most delicate stories of all time: the ocean? Husband and wife team, author John Seven and illustrator Jana Christy, make a mighty effort to relate a reader’s involvement in The Ocean Story" - Vegbooks Blog

May 4, 2011


Seven Imossible Things Before Breakfast blog - Julie Danielson

"This illustration is from an upcoming self-published picture book from husband and wife author and illustrator team, John Seven and Jana Christy. The book is all about anarchy. How much do I love this idea and its execution? A lot, I tell you. Jan" - Seven Imossible Things Before Breakfast blog

June 12, 2011

Simply Science blog

"The Ocean Story relates the events occurring in the ocean told by an adult to a young child. In lovely, spare language, the water cycle, the creatures in the ocean, and the problems affecting its waters are presented in a straightforward style that young" - Simply Science blog

July 6, 2011


CLCD Newsletter - Barbara L. Talcroft

"Seven and Christy, a husband and wife team, love walking New England beaches, exploring tide pools, and spotting whales; together they introduce the youngest viewers and listeners to the vastness of the ocean and the multiplicity of creatures that live in" - CLCD Newsletter

August 1, 2011

School Library Journal - Gay Lynn Van Vleck

"Endpapers filled with images of ocean life are the auspicious beginning of this beautiful eco-tale. “Why is the ocean so big?” a youngster asks the adult holding his hand at the shore. “It needs to be big to hold a story that is so very old.” Seven poetic" - School Library Journal

July 1, 2011



Creative Child magazine

2011 Creative Child Award, Seal of Excellence Award Storybooks for Kids category

November 1, 2011

Neumann University Library and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies

2012 Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature

August 1, 2012