By John Seven
Illustrated by Jana Christy
Picture Window Books, Capstone, 2011
ISBN # 9781404867857
Picture book with facts
“Why is the ocean so very big?”
“It need to be big to hold a story that is so very old.”
The Ocean Story relates the events occurring in the ocean told by an adult to a young child. In lovely, spare language, the water cycle, the creatures in the ocean, and the problems affecting its waters are presented in a straightforward style that young children can easily understand. It’s a simple explanation for these concepts and perfect for an introduction to all the aspects of the oceans in today’s world.
The art is appealing and child-friendly. The more unusual creatures are named in the art and some of them are presented with the sounds they make. The art highlights the problems that take place, including oil spills, while presenting a beautiful palette of colors that show the story as it unfolds.
The book ends with the idea that the earth and oceans are part of one another, and we must do our part to keep the ocean story alive.
Look up one of the animals shown in the art. Find out where the animal lives in the ocean, such as deep water, tide pool, coral reef, estuary, or shallow water. Chose some interesting facts and report on that animal.
Look for animal information at National Geographic site.
This site has information about the ocean ecosystems.
Find more information about the ecosystems here.
NASA has marine animal facts
Find information about the different zones of the ocean. Draw and label the different zones. Include some animals in the picture.
This site has ocean zone information.
The Living Sea has ocean zone information and a good diagram.
National Science Standard: organisms and their environment
Book provided by publisher