Across the Big Blue Sea: An Ocean Wildlife Book

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In this delightful picture book, a young boy launches a tiny red boat off the coast of California, and readers follow it as it travels around the world to the coast of England. On every page is a glimpse of the ocean life the boat encounters--both beneath the sea and on the surface. Labeled throughout, Jakki Wood's vivid watercolor illustrations offer children a wonderful introduction to marine biology.

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Overview

In this delightful picture book, a young boy launches a tiny red boat off the coast of California, and readers follow it as it travels around the world to the coast of England. On every page is a glimpse of the ocean life the boat encounters--both beneath the sea and on the surface. Labeled throughout, Jakki Wood's vivid watercolor illustrations offer children a wonderful introduction to marine biology.

Follow the little red boat as it travels across many oceans. More than 60 sea animals glide through the pages of this journey.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the shallows of a California beach, a boy launches his toy boat on a 25,000-mile adventure in this competent introduction to sea life. Propelled by wind and ocean currents, the little red craft drifts across the Pacific Ocean, past an Australian coral reef, among Antarctic ice floes (though the text does not identify the South Pole by name), then up the Atlantic through the Sargasso Sea, eventually to land in the hands of another boy on Great Britain's coast. Wood (Animal Hullabaloo) presents the varied double-spread sea environments with pleasing contrast: from the light-bathed coral reef with its colorful butterfly, lion and clownfish to the murky depths of the Atlantic where gulper eel skulk. Shore birds and seabirds, fish and mammals, reptiles and sea flora are all represented here with minimal narrative and clear labels. Meanwhile, the dwarfed toy boat bobs through all these teeming waters. With the likes of macaroni penguins, sea cucumbers and anchovies, this smorgasbord serves as an attractive appetizer for the youngest marine biologists. Ages 3-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
One day, a young boy on a California beach sends his toy boat out to sea on a journey. The bright red and orange boat goes on a voyage, which will eventually encompass the Pacific, Indian, and the Atlantic Oceans. On the way, it encounters a wide variety of marine life that changes with the different climates. Each double page spread depicts a new scene in the ocean with the little red boat floating above. Unfortunately, the red boat and the sea animals are not always to scale. On one page, a Killer Whale is as long as five Pacific Salmon. On other pages, the little red boat is not shown in correct proportion to the various sea creatures. All the animals are carefully labeled so it is a shame that the additional care has not been taken with regard to scale. There is a map at the end so readers can follow the complete journey.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3While playing on a beach in California, Tom pushes his small toy boat into the ocean. As readers follow its journey across the Pacific to the waters off Australia, on to the Indian Ocean, and across the Atlantic to its final destination off the coast of Great Britain, they can view the changing animal life above and below the surface of the water. They might even notice a sunken ship along the way. The spirited watercolor and pencil renderings of the creatures, all on two-page spreads, are uncluttered and clearly labeled. Wood's use of lighter and darker shades of blue, green, and yellow effectively mirrors different climate changes and ocean depths. One of the best features of the book is the map that traces the boat's 25,000 mile trip. The sea creatures that appear on it help readers match geographical areas with the story. While no information is given on any of the animals, this fictional journey may serve as a catalyst to research in the nonfiction section of the library. A good place to begin might be Joanne Oppenheim's Oceanarium (Bantam, 1994; o.p.). Or, use Suse Macdonald's Sea Shapes (Harcourt/Gulliver, 1994) to engage children in an art activity involving shapes and sea creatures.Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
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First published in Britain as The Deep Blue Sea, this is an extraordinary ocean wildlife book for beginners, in which the addition of a tiny boatþsmaller than the eye of a blue whale or the bottlenose of a dolphinþcreates anticipation by forecasting the journey. Wood (Animal Hullabaloo, 1995, etc.) charts the travels of a small toy boat as it bobbles in the surf off a California beach on its way to Australia, the Indian Ocean, the south of Africa, through the Sargasso Sea, and across the Atlantic, ending in a not-quite-around-the-world 25,000-mile journey to the southwest shores of Great Britain. Wind and ocean currents send the boat past manta rays and giant clams, flying fish and loggerhead turtles. Just above the line of water, single sentences of text suggest the barest outline of the boat's sojourn. The real story lies under the water where simple line drawings set against inky seas depict brown pelicans diving and puffer fish staring, gulper eels slithering and anglers waiting to lure prey. Each undersea creature is clearly labeled, matching pictures with names for easy identification. As curious as the macaroni penguins investigating the boat from an ice floe off the southern tip of Africa, children will learn a smattering of geography as they trace the boat's travels along a route marked with arrows in a final world map. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792273080
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.41 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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