Kobee Manatee and his pals are swimming from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn's Seagrass Café. However, along the way, the friends encounter harmful effects of climate change and several unforeseen problems – a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-War, and a venomous scorpionfish. Their adventure takes another surprising turn when Pablo plunges into the Great Blue Hole! Can Kobee and his buddies save Pablo?
A Caribbean adventure loaded with fun, surprises, and facts about climate change, and plastic pollution in our oceans.
"Kobee Manatee is a lovable and magnetic host, leading readers into the waters that cover 70% of the earth while opening young minds to the connections between human actions and marine ecosystems. Creating opportunities, which inspire love for our marine animals can cultivate an environmentally responsible conscience that can last a lifetime." - Dr. Tracy Fanara, NOAA Scientist (aka Inspector Planet)
"I read the book to my 6-year-old while he was having his breakfast before school and he loved it! We talked about the characters, what it meant for the pollution to be in the oceans for all the sea creatures, and how fun the story was. Thank you so much for writing such a great story for kids that is not only entertaining, but has a message!" – Jessica Vilchis, Co-Host NBC Channel 4 California Live
"A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series." - Kirkus Reviews
"Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure." - Readers' Favorite
"For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended!" - Chanticleer Book Reviews
“We are happy to award deserving books like Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. Our panel of judges really felt this special book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” – Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards
Third Installment! – Kobee Manatee Shipwreck Sea Friends, In collaboration with world-renowned oceanographer and documentary filmmaker, Fabien Cousteau, oldest grandson of legendary ocean pioneer, Jacques Cousteau! Selected to the 2018 International Literary Association (ILA) - Children's Book Council (CBC) Children's Choices Reading List!
Kobee Manatee and his pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab are en route to Puerto Rico to explore the SS Antonio López, a historic shipwreck from the 1898 Spanish-American War. The ship sits underwater about seven miles west of San Juan.
On their Caribbean adventure, they meet several new sea friends, including a whale shark, an octopus, and a moray eel. But as Kobee and his buddies begin their thrilling exploration of the wreck, Kobee gets trapped inside the sunken ship! Can Tess, Pablo, and the new sea friends rescue Kobee? Enjoy a spectacular tale, loaded with surprises, fun, and exciting facts all about Caribbean reef fish!
“Kobee and his ocean pals are full of fun, adventure, and inspiration. They give the reader a better sense of the magic and mystery within our ocean world. Following them onto the historic wreck dive of the SS Antonio López off of Puerto Rico, we learn all sorts of fascinating facts about wildlife and dangers, all while being entranced by the camaraderie of these fast friends. Even if one never gets a chance to ‘peek below the blue veneer’ of our planet, the adventures of Kobee and his aquatic mates are sure to make anyone appreciate how precious life is below the waves.” – Fabien Cousteau, oceanographic explorer and conservationist
Kobee Manatee Series – Book 2, A Wild Weather Adventure
With stunning images accompanying an adventurous tale that teaches young readers interesting weather and geographical facts, Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure is a delight. Kobee and his seafaring pals are on a voyage across the Gulf Stream to surprise his sister Kim for her birthday in her home waters of Nassau.
They know the three hundred mile journey will be risky—it’s hurricane season after all—but they are brave and tenacious and so decide to give it a try. Using cloud formations to predict the weather and traversing several climates, aquatic features, and sometimes perilous weather events, the friends stick together through both storms and sunny skies.
“A rare children’s book that gives kids a colorful learning adventure and some weather fun facts parents will enjoy too.” - Rob Marciano | ABC News Senior Meteorologist
The Original – Book 1, Kobee Manatee Heading Home to Florida
This beautifully illustrated children’s informational picture book about the rare and threatened manatee is for parents, grandparents, children, teachers and librarians who want a captivating adventure that can be enjoyed again and again.
Kobee Manatee takes a rare summertime trip from Florida all the way up to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But he needs to get home before winter sets in or he’ll die from the cold. Kobee meets two new friends along the way; Tess a seahorse and Pablo a hermit crab. Will their twelve hundred mile journey south be a safe one with so many unforeseen obstacles ahead?
“Children can learn a great deal about manatees and their habitat by reading about Kobee and his friends and their traveling adventure.” – Dr. Katie Tripp, Director of Science and Conservation, Save the Manatee Club
Selected for the 2018 International Literacy Association (ILA) – Children’s Book Council (CBC) Children’s Choices Reading List!
Gold Medal Recipient in the “Children’s K-3” category of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards!
Silver Medal Recipient in the “Cover Design: Children’s/YA“ of the 2016 Ben Franklin Awards
Gold Medal Recipient in the “Children’s Educational” category of the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards!
Winner in the “Children’s Educational” category of the 2015 International Book Awards!
Gold Award Recipient in “Children’s Picture Books” – Mom’s Choice Awards!
Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Educational” Category of The USA Best Book Awards!
INDIEFAB Finalist in Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards!
Kobee Manatee: Heading Home to Florida is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
This vibrantly illustrated and amusing adventure will make learning about weather feel incidental.
With stunning images accompanying an adventurous tale that teaches young readers interesting weather and geographical facts, Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure is a delight.
Kobee and his seafaring pals are on a voyage across the Gulf Stream to surprise his sister Kim for her birthday in her home waters of Nassau. They know the three hundred mile journey will be risky—it’s hurricane season after all—but they are brave and tenacious and so decide to give it a try. Using cloud formations to predict the weather and traversing several climates, aquatic features, and sometimes perilous weather events, the friends stick together through both storms and sunny skies.
Lauren Gallegos’ lush and vibrant illustrations make the book truly special. Her bold colors and dynamic scenes bring to life all of the adorable characters and their surroundings. The hurricane-plagued seas truly feel violent, while the waters of Blue Lagoon feel calm and bathtub-warm. Kobee and his friends are emotive and lively.
Though rooted in scientific teaching and dense with weather and water facts, this is an amusing story that will make learning feel incidental. Each scene features a sidebar called “Kobee’s Fun Facts” that offers a bigger breadth of learning for older readers, such as definitions of weather phenomena and an explanation of Fahrenheit and Celsius. While most of these facts line up with the story’s plot points, a few feel a little out of place and thus inconsistent. But this is a small matter in an otherwise wonderful volume that is highly recommended for weather watchers of all ages.
Review is for Book 2: A Wild Weather Adventure
In Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure by Robert Scott Thayer, Kobee and his pals are anticipating a rough journey on the Atlantic Ocean as they plan to surprise Kobee Manatee’s sister Kim for her birthday. Kim lives in the Bahamas and their journey is during the hurricane season. Will Kobee and his friends Tess, the sea horse, and Pablo, the hermit crab, travel safely and reach Nassau in the Bahamas three hundred miles away where Kim lives?
It’s a storybook filled with an exciting adventure and Kobee’s fun facts are very useful, informative and educational for young readers. The story also connects readers beautifully with the ocean and teaches them a few things about the weather. The illustrations are colorful and lively and add to the appeal of the storybook. They also add pace and movement to the story. Each scene has something to do with the ocean and the weather, and the fun facts give clarity to the author’s words. The book will make a good bedtime storybook and it can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.
The author does an excellent job of weaving educational matter and story together to give children an adventurous storybook that sees them going on an exciting trip with Kobee, Tess and Pablo. The different moods of the sea are indeed very interesting to read as the trio travels to the Bahamas. It’s definitely worth having in one’s personal collection as the fun facts can be read again for reference.
Review is for Book 2: A Wild Weather Adventure