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Oceans

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There are over 100 billion gallons of water for each person on earth, nearly all of it churning in waves and currents driven by the sun's energy. Our ocean world is enormous, and its power affects our climate and reshapes the land. From the moon's mysterious power over the tides to deadly waves called tsunami, explore Earth's oceans in this book awash with photographs and fascinating facts.

Text and photographs explore the physical characteristics, life forms, and ...

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Overview

There are over 100 billion gallons of water for each person on earth, nearly all of it churning in waves and currents driven by the sun's energy. Our ocean world is enormous, and its power affects our climate and reshapes the land. From the moon's mysterious power over the tides to deadly waves called tsunami, explore Earth's oceans in this book awash with photographs and fascinating facts.

Text and photographs explore the physical characteristics, life forms, and fragility of the world's oceans.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Water, water everywhere, and as Simon points out, more than 70 percent of the earth's surface is covered by oceans-one big ocean, and the continents are really islands in this vast body of water. The photographs include some taken from space and computer enhanced to show the terrain under the oceans and ocean currents, such as what happens when El NiƱo enters the scene. Illustrations demystify tides and wave action and Simon, a former teacher, makes his explanations quite kid friendly. A good introduction to oceans for kids and their parents. 1997 orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Excellent introductory titles. Simon presents clear, simplified explanations of natural phenomena with well-chosen full-color photographs that go beyond decoration, becoming integral parts of the texts. Spectacular photos of the deserts of the American southwest are used to show the various features from rippling sand, to wind-eroded rock formations, to the sparse vegetation characteristic of the area. There is a little information on how both plant and animal life have adapted to the harsh climate, and on the wonderful public lands such as Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, etc. The maps on the endpapers show the major deserts (except for Antarctica), but the rest of the world's desert areas, while occasionally mentioned in the discussion, are not represented in the photo selections. In the second book, Simon explores the magnitude of the oceans and their impact on the Earth's climate. He includes good black-and-white diagrams of how tides work and how waves form and transfer energy. The endpapers are maps of the world showing how and where the major currents flow. --Rosanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060889999
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 342,994
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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