This stunning, oversized book is the perfect addition for any classroom or school library with a phenomenal quantity of information for children of 7+ to pore over.
You are invited to take a guided tour of the world’s five oceans, to meet their inhabitants and discover their behaviours. The book is divided into five sections, one for each ocean arranged in order of size. Each double page spread is fully illustrated by Lucy Letherland. Her style is packed with playfulness and humour, perfect for children’s non-fiction, clearly seen on the faces of the North American sea otters and the dance moves of the blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos Islands. Apart from multiple pictures demonstrating different characteristic behaviours, each page also contains a map clearly showing the location and an annotated diagram of the creature’s most significant facts.
The text, by Emily Hawkins comprises a main summary paragraph on each page, with wave-shaped sentences arranged around the pictures, which add to the overall feel of movement within the book. The level of detail will keep even the most enthusiastic wannabe oceanographers entranced for many hours. I spend two hours mesmerised, and could easily imagine spending many more studying the astonishing variety of life that our oceans sustain..
At the end of the book you will find a section about the dangers to our oceans and some practical ideas about actions that might help protect these essential habitats. Finally, there is a “seek-and-find” challenge, which I know that many children find extremely appealing.
This is a book that I am sure will provide hours’ worth of entertainment and education for primary school children, and I expect that this particular copy will be out on permanent loan as soon as I add it to the library. I will certainly be looking for further titles in the series by this talented author and illustrator partnership.