The Ocean Is...,

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Dive into this lushly photographed book and discover all the things the ocean can be!

"Salt and surf and sand and waves,

The ocean’s these and more . . . "

To the animals that live there, the ocean is much more than a huge blue body of water. For frisky sea lions, it is a fun-filled playground. For toothy sharks, it is a dentist’s office. ...

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Overview

Dive into this lushly photographed book and discover all the things the ocean can be!

"Salt and surf and sand and waves,

The ocean’s these and more . . . "

To the animals that live there, the ocean is much more than a huge blue body of water. For frisky sea lions, it is a fun-filled playground. For toothy sharks, it is a dentist’s office. And for hungry otters, it’s a cafeteria that serves their favorite food—shellfish.

These playful verses and stunning photographs will take you on an exhilarating underwater tour. Jump in!

The reader is invited on an underwater tour of the ocean to view the varied plant and animal life there.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-The ocean is a playground, a traffic jam, a secret hideout, and more in the 10 rhymed scenarios in this underwater tour. Each quatrain is set in white type on one page of a photographic spread. "The ocean is-/A STAGE" where "These dolphins dance and leap above/Their watery arena,/Performing like a graceful pair/Of long-nosed ballerinas." The leaping dolphins are silhouetted against an orange-suffused, darkened sky, but most views feature animals and plants beneath the waves as starfish, a toothy shark, and flowery sponges appear in turn. A small note on the verso of the title page names the pictured species. Though the book has the appearance of simple nonfiction, no other information is added, and the colorful scenes have no particular order or relationship to one another. Touches of humor soften the repetitive rhythm, and the handsome photographs offer intriguing glimpses into the watery world. Teachers might find the imagery and the album format a pleasant means of introducing discussions of ocean life.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The ocean is certainly more than this abbreviated glance at its flora and fauna implies. Though Wu goes nose-to-nose with a shark and a sea otter, most of his marine photos are typical views of reefs and shallows-only occasionally reproduced with the clarity and brilliance of color he normally achieves. Kranking's accompanying verses are likewise uneven in quality; characterizing the ocean as a playground, an art museum, a galaxy, a forest, and so forth, she expands on each metaphor with a rhymed observation: "Corals bloom beneath the waves, / Just like a garden grows. / But if you try to sniff these blooms, / There's water up your nose!" She also varies the number of beats in her lines unpredictably, tries to rhyme "tour" with "more," and turns the dramatic closing photo of a breaching humpback whale waving a flipper extremely hokey with, "The time has come to say so long." Many other titles, including Wu's own Fish Faces (1993) capture the undersea world's dazzling swirl of forms and colors-and for the broad view, Seymour Simon's Ocean (1990) is still hard to beat. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805070972
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen W. Kranking, a former editor for Ranger Rick magazine, writes articles for National Geographic World, Ranger Rick, and other children’s magazines. The author of two books for children, she lives near San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

Norbert Wu is an independent photographer and filmmaker who specializes in marine issues. He has taken photos in nearly every conceivable underwater locale and is the recipient of National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grants and a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the world’s only prize dedicated to marine conservation. The author of several books, including Fish Faces, Mr. Wu lives near Monterey, California.

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