The Oceanology Handbook: A Course For Underwater Explorers

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Explore the ocean’s wonders, real and . . . imagined? Dive into this essential handbook to discover some lesser-known secrets of the sea.

What’s the difference between a steamer and a schooner? How would you navigate in stormy seas? How are underwater volcanoes formed? And which creatures lurk in the inky depths of the deepest oceans? All this and much more await eager young oceanologists in this exciting handbook, prepared for Zoticus de Lesseps, the young author of OCEANOLOGY,...

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Overview

Explore the ocean’s wonders, real and . . . imagined? Dive into this essential handbook to discover some lesser-known secrets of the sea.

What’s the difference between a steamer and a schooner? How would you navigate in stormy seas? How are underwater volcanoes formed? And which creatures lurk in the inky depths of the deepest oceans? All this and much more await eager young oceanologists in this exciting handbook, prepared for Zoticus de Lesseps, the young author of OCEANOLOGY, by his tutor, Professor Aronnax, during their around-the-world journey aboard the mysterious Captain Nemo’s NAUTILUS.

Among the book’s special features:
* four pages of stickers featuring sea creatures, ships, treasure, and diving equipment
* activities for the reader on nearly every spread
* a pull-out letter from Professor Aronnax to Zoticus
* a removable Beaufort scale chart of the winds — an indispensable resource for seafarers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - David Adams
Explore the ocean's wonders, real and imagined. Budding oceanologists learn from the writings of Professor Aronnax in the journal he kept aboard Jules Verne's Nautilus. Aronnax chronicles the ocean as it was understood in the mid-1800s, including navigation, physical nature of oceans, and ocean life. His account is delightfully presented, complete with a handwritten letter to his student Zoticus. Sepia-tinged pages are complemented by hushed but attractive drawings. The publisher intervenes from time to time, using inset boxes that update the reader (e.g., international whaling was outlawed in the 1980s). Activity boxes encourage the eager explorer, such as spelling your name in Morse code or designing your own submarine. A treasure awaits the diligent explorer—or reader—at the end of the book: stickers of the book's images. This book is a companion to Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus. Reviewer: David Adams
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—The text is cleverly presented as a facsimile of an 1863 document purportedly written by a passenger aboard Jules Verne's fictional submarine, the Nautilus. Definitions and descriptions of practical applications of oceanography are imaginatively presented on sepia-toned pages. The entries are brief but packed with information. One page displays the semaphore alphabet and includes a message for readers to translate. The answer is revealed in the "Solutions" section, which also contains the answers to the other challenges scattered throughout the text. Every page has illustrations; some, such as the maps of the currents and of the Earth's plates, are in color. The chapter entitled "A Shifting Surface" contains a cleverly inserted "Publisher Note" that attests to the prescience of the writer when facts not known in 1863, such as the theory of plate tectonics, are presented. The detachable sheet of colored stickers and letter in an envelope on the marbled endpapers could be removed before the book is ready for circulation. Informative and engaging, this attractive title will appeal to browsers and be useful for reports.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763648749
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 288,389
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Very informative!

    I purchased this for Christmas for my grandson (second grade) who is fascinated with the ocean and sea creatures. He chose it as the gift he wanted to keep out as he traveled home.

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    Posted October 27, 2010

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