Spending time with Celine Cousteau at the blue ocean film festival this year was an inspiring journey. For once, she steps away from her usual adult approach to lecturing about the importance of preserving our oceans. With her first digital children’s book “See The Seals” (available on Nook and all mobile device via the nook app), she takes the 3 to 5 year old audience, and the 5 year old in all of us, on a journey to learn about the seals and the incredible ecosystem they belong to.
Little Max a young boy inspired by her 8 month old, irresistible Felix, follows her around on her magical ocean adventures. Talking with Celine about the book was exciting, as it is a completely new approach to conservation for her. When talking about Max, Celine is radiating with joy, one can tell that Felix accounts for a lot in creating this digital book series. Little Journeys with Celine Cousteau is also a bit of a time machine, a way to project her family in the future with Felix following Celine and her husband Capkin’s adventurous lives.
This book is a new kind of fun educational tool for the next generation, hopefully sparking a love relationship in between the little ones and our ocean planet. The drawings by John Fisk are gorgeous, they almost pop out of the digital display bringing the youg audience into the little journeys and straight on the boat with Celine and Max. Being a multimedia platform, you can choose to read or listen to the book. “See The Seals” audio version makes, in my opinion, for a great bedtime story, especially when listening to the voices of Celine and Capkin (the boat captain’s voice). The audio really takes you further into this enchanted Ocean universe, far away from the drama of the adult world, yet inspiring enough to trigger the need to protect our seas.
Felix of course gets to have the live audio book version every night before going to bed, lucky one! When asked “What is the next little journeys with Celine Cousteau?”, Celine answers a big smile on her face with her “audio voice” “Follow the whaaaaales… perhaps?”
Have kids? Or like me you never grew up? then head over to the nook store and download See The Seals. If you have an iPad and other mobile devices, just download the nook app here and then search for See the Seals in the library.