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Oceans and Seas (Explorers Series)
     

Oceans and Seas (Explorers Series)

by Steven Savage, Peter Bull (Illustrator)
 

Explorers are designed to stimulate readers in the early elementary grades (ages 6–8), who are beginning to exercise wider reading, research and cross-referencing skills. They can be read from page to page, or – as a fun extra element – the reader can follow special ‘page links' to access information on related topics. Six fabulous

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Explorers are designed to stimulate readers in the early elementary grades (ages 6–8), who are beginning to exercise wider reading, research and cross-referencing skills. They can be read from page to page, or – as a fun extra element – the reader can follow special ‘page links' to access information on related topics. Six fabulous artwork scenes are each followed up with photographic information spreads, which provide extra detail and background.

Oceans and Seas is an underwater adventure, travelling from the seashore to the deepest depths, looking at coral reefs, shipwrecks, sharks, whales and much more along the way.

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“There are many books about the ocean for young children, but this one offers a twist. It can be read like an internet scavenger hunt in book form. That makes it more interactive, and the format has the potential to attract reluctant readers. . . . This book gives young students an introduction to the marine environment, and including the theme of conservation gives it added value.” —NSTA Recommends

“Explorers is a unique references series. Along with many facts, illustrations, and information-filled pages, the reader will find more information in the borders and sidebars. . . . students will want to read it over and over.” —Library Media Connection

Kirkus Reviews
Together with Dougal Dixon's companion volume that publishes simultaneously, Dinosaurs (9780753464021), this entry in the Explorers series seeks to keep readers' attention with pictures, digital illustrations, short snippets of information and labeled panoramic scenes. But the series's two major gimmicks are fatally flawed. "What is this?" thumbnails ask readers to identify an object (an anemone, a sea urchin) from its closeup, but in most cases that object either cannot be found on the page or is not identified. Colorcoded icons connect similar topics throughout the text, allowing readers to follow their own interests, but it can often be a challenge to make those connections-they are tenuous at best. Both books feature vibrant photos and illustrations, but in the case of this title, the juxtaposition of real photos with digital illustrations can be jarring. Backmatter includes more facts that fit into each icon category and an index. Fascinating facts and a broad background of information would make these good introductory nonfiction choices, but their flaws limit both their use and appeal. (Nonfiction. 711)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753464014
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Explorers Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Savage is a biologist, natural history author and Education Coordinator for the River Ocean Foundation. He also assists the Sea Watch Foundation's marine mammal rescue programme. Stephen has written more than 40 natural history books for children.

Peter Bull has worked as a freelance illustrator for more than twenty-five years. He creates both traditional and digital art for publishers worldwide and also runs the Peter Bull Art Studio, based in the United Kingdom

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