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Cover of the book "secrets of the ocean," featuring a playful otter, a dolphin, and various marine life with colorful illustrations. text indicates it contains 15 bedtime stories inspired by nature.
Format: Hardcover
Age Range: 5–8
Book Size: 8½” x 10”
ISBN: 9781684493814
Pages: 160
Publication Date: October 1, 2024
Price: US $19.99 / CAN $26.99

Secrets of the Ocean

15 Bedtime Stories Inspired by Nature

A beautifully illustrated collection of 5-minute bedtime stories about the wildlife found in seas and oceans around the world.

Every ocean contains a thousand secrets… In this charming anthology of children’s stories by Alicia Klepeis readers will be guided under the waves to meet the amazing animals that live there. In one story an orca grandmother teaches younger members of the pod how to find the best fish, while another looks at a mimic octopus as it changes appearance to disguise itself from different predators. Kids will be thrilled by the tale of an otter and her cub playing in a kelp forest, and marvel at a jellyfish that looks like a fried egg!

Other stories feature swimming iguanas, diving penguins, deep-sea anglerfish, albatrosses in love, leaping dolphins, sleepy dugongs, majestic whales, hungry sea turtles, ancient sharks, and marching crabs! All of these marine animals and their habitats are brought to life with impressive skill by illustrator Kaja Kajfež.

Each story in Secrets of the Ocean is based on the real biology and behavior of these amazing wild animals, and at the end of each tale readers will find out more about the science that inspired the story. So as they drift off to sleep, they will know a little bit more about the world around them.

The cover features a timeless design with colorful foil and a cloth texture, making this book the perfect gift.

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Author & Illustrator

Alicia Klepeis loves to research fun and out-of-the-ordinary topics that bring the world to young readers—from amazing animals to extreme environments. Alicia began her career at the National Geographic Society. She is the author of more than 170 children’s books, including Gutsy Girls Go For Science: Astronauts; Polar Bears & Penguins: A Pretty Cool Introduction to the Arctic and Antarctic; The Science And Technology Of Ben Franklin; and The World’s Strangest Foods. A former middle school teacher, Alicia loves doing school visits. She lives with her family in upstate New York.

Kaja Kajfež, also known as Iz Ptica, is a passionate freelance illustrator and visual storyteller. Holding a degree in Multimedia, Design, and Application from the University North in Croatia, Kaja established her studio in 2017 specializing in children’s book illustration, lettering, surface pattern design, and visual content creation. Beyond her artistic pursuits, Kaja finds joy in nature walks, exploring history, diving into old books, enjoying online concerts, and spending quality time with her dog.

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