Mister Seahorse, a picture book by Eric Carle. 2004 first edition.


Written and illustrated by Eric Carle. First edition, 2004. Philomel Books. New York.

A beautifully illustrated story depicting different ways males of some ocean species - seahorse, stickleback, tilapia, Kurtus nurseryfish, pipefish, bullhead catfish - care for their young. Clear acetate overlays add detail. Winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

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"As he floats through the sea, Mr. Seahorse finds several other kinds of fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways. Mr. Tilapia, for instance, keeps his eggs safe in his mouth until they hatch, while Mr. Kurtus sticks his on top of his head. Sharp-eyed viewers who turn the acetate pages will also smile to see Mr. Seahorse pass right by a scary lionfish and other camouflaged creatures."

Eric Carle (1929 - 2021) was a renowned author and illustrator, best known for his classic children's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Carle's early years were spent in Germany, where he honed his artistic skills at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. His distinctive collage art style, often featuring hand-painted papers, captivated young readers worldwide. Carle's career spanned over six decades, during which he authored and illustrated more than seventy books, selling over 152 million copies globally.

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Condition: Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; lightly ruffled along upper edge; lightly bumped at corners. Illustrated cover boards: Lightly bumped at top right corner. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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