Sea Soup: Phytoplanktonby Mary M. Cerullo, Bill Curtsinger (Photographer)
In a mere teaspoon of sea water, more than 1 million phytoplankton can live! Some are deadly, some are helpful. But these tiny creatures come in thousands of variations and help make up the most basic life of the oceans. Color photography illustrates the diversity of these microscopic animals.
What can a marine educator do to turn children's attention toward the really important, but often inaccessible, concepts of science? Mary Cerullo, who has spent a productive career developing ways to bring marine science to students, brings it all together in Sea Soup, in which the phytoplanktons take stage front with exquisite photographs and engaging text. Using well-chosen metaphors and eye-catching color to portray the importance of the role of single-celled organisms you can't see without a microscope, she brings honest science to kids.
Ideally, the book should be used with its companion teacher's guide by Betsy T. Stevens (reviewed separately), but it stands alone as a wonderful resource for younger children.
A brief glossary and a list of related readings round out the volume. Highly Recommended, Grades 3-4. REVIEWER: Dr. Johnes K. Moore (Emeritus, Salem State College)
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