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Children's LiteratureHow do you explain something as complex and diverse as the ocean to a young child? How do the seas stay full of water? What critters live there, near the surface or way down deep? Oceans sometimes have huge ice chunks, they never stay still, they are affected by the moon, yet are vulnerable to humankind's pollution and over fishing. Harrison takes on these vast issues and more with spare, well-written text. Nathan's illustrations are simple, colorful, attractive. Particularly well-done are complicated subjects such as deep trenches on the ocean floor, tsunamis caused by deep water volcanoes or earthquakes, or ocean storms—typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones. Good job! This introductory book would be a fine addition to a school or classroom library as well as the shelf of a nonfiction-loving young reader. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 7.
— Judy Crowder