Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Camellia N. Under The Sea is an educational adventure book for children, grades K-3, written by Debra L. Wideroe and illustrated by Daniela Frongia. Bedtime is an especially exciting time for Camellia N. Each night, she goes on an exciting new adventure. This time, accompanied by her plushie Maui dolphin, Camellia N. finds herself deep beneath the waves, and she’s amazed to discover that her head is in a glass orb, like a fish bowl, and there’s a square little polka-dotted fish smiling in at her. He introduces himself as Oscar and explains that the bowl lets her breathe underwater. Oscar loves his underwater world and is quite pleased and proud to show Camellia N. the sights. She’s on a yellow sea scooter and can easily keep up with her new finny friend as he swims along. Camellia N. is stunned by all the colors, varieties of plant life and all the different fish and other living creatures that she sees everywhere she looks. She even meets a strange and toothy hammerhead shark, who’s actually frightened of Camellia N. at first, until Oscar reassures him that Camellia N. is there to learn more about their environment.
Debra L. Wideroe’s educational adventure book for children, grades K-3, The Adventures of Camellia N. Under The Sea, is a sheer delight to read, no matter what your age. Each of Daniela Frongia’s masterful illustrations glows with color and intensity, and everywhere you look, you’ll find creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes peering back at you. These panels are all quite suitable for framing for a child’s bedroom, and reading this enchanting tale during story-time will be a bit more involved and exciting than with your usual picture book. There really is that much to discover on each page. Wideroe’s tale introduces the undersea environment, demystifies the dreaded shark, and explains the importance of the coral reef to earth’s ecosystem, and it teaches without ever letting on that there is some real learning going on along with the excitement and adventure. The Adventures of Camellia N. Under The Sea is most highly recommended.