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The Case of the Singing Ocean

A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery

by (author) Eric Hogan & Tara Hungerford

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
General, Imagination & Play, Interactive Adventures
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Scout and Daisy are on the shore watching the waves when they hear what sounds like singing, but there's no one else at the beach! Who is doing the singing? Join Scout and Daisy as they find clues to solve The Case of the Singing Ocean.


CBC Books, Best Books of the Year -- Canadian Picture Books

Praise for previous titles in the series:

"The felted wool mice and their miniature world are adorable and will invite children to savor the tiny details. Charming and informative picture books that will help young children discover nature." --School Library Journal

"A most charming and instructive collection of nature mystery books which encourages children to head outside and discover their natural world." --Canadian Children's Book News

A celebration of nature, curiosity, discovery and mindfulness!

Adapted from the award-winning TV show Gumboot Kids, this outstanding series of nature mystery books celebrates the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world.

Perfect for inquisitive young minds, The Gumboot Kids' nature mysteries feature beloved characters, Scout and Daisy, working through a series of clues in order to crack the case. In each mystery Scout and Daisy affirm their findings with a trip to the library where they verify the evidence they've gathered in nature and solve the mystery before having a mindful moment to reflect on their journey.

With beautifully rendered and painstakingly detailed art, Scout and Daisy's adventures are a visual feast that will have kids poring over the pages time and time again.

Each book concludes with two pages of field notes on the mystery subject, as well as a nature craft inspired by the mystery, for kids to try at home.

Curriculum guides available for download at

Titles in The Gumboot Kids series:


About the authors

Contributor Notes

Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford are a husband-and-wife team who run Imagine Create Media and are the creators of The Gumboot Kids. They live and create with their two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Editorial Reviews

Daisy and Scout make reading and learning fun. In this series of books from Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery, we learn of bees and whales, with colourful photos, educational descriptions and step by step DIY craft projection.

City Parent

The illustrations include stills of the whimsical mice characters made of felt and decked out with gumboots and wool hats as well as a couple of photographs of the whales they spot on their journey. The story is engaging and the lessons are easy for children to learn and practice on their own nature walks. The book ends with a glossary, whale facts, and a nature craft... Children aged 4-8 would be totally engaged by the story and illustrations. More activities and curriculum guides can be found on the Gumboot Kids website.

Green Teacher Magazine

A combination of the Magic School Bus, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Daisy and Scout make reading and learning fun

City Parent Magazine

An entertaining and educational picture book that encourages children to mindfully explore the mysteries of the natural world.

Hakai Magazine Newsletter

Instead of just passively providing youngsters with science facts, the books in "A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery" actively engage young readers in their learning. Overall, this series is an excellent age-appropriate introduction to a number of science-related topics. Highly Recommended.

Canadian Review of Materials

Other titles by Eric Hogan

Other titles by Tara Hungerford