Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

by Steve Jenkins


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ISBN-13: 9780544709515
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 587,177
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page.

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"In this plunge into the deep, Jenkins displays his usual keen awareness of what is fascinating about biology and imparts it without sensationalism—the facts speak for themselves . . Sophisticated cut- and torn-paper collage-work fit the alien qualities of the subjects well; it’s equally at home capturing the tiered needlepoints of lizardfish teeth as it isdelivering an impressive and illuminating display of bioluminescence."—Booklist

“Browsers will be delighted by the variety of species, shown in their appropriate colors although not to scale. Backmatter provides some information about the animals pictured, including sizes compared to a human body or hand, although the bibliography does not seem to include the sources used for those facts. Once again, Jenkins provides an almost irresistible entry into our natural world for the youngest readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Jenkins takes his signature collage to the oceans, sinking readers from the surface of the Pacific Ocean down nearly 11,000 meters to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. His style works well here: with passage into each zone (from the surface to the sunlit zone to the twilight zone, etc.), the blue backgrounds shade darker and murkier, which allows the intricate cut-paper animal illustrations to pop."—Horn Book

"Depicted in Jenkins's signature handsome collages, the denizens of each level swim against ever-darkening backgrounds ranging from sunny blue to deepest black . . . The bold views tend to emphasize the weirdness of these little-known species, but the repeated message that humans have much to explore and learn in the deeper ocean is intriguing and inviting."—School Library Journal

"Through the almost magical use of cut paper, Jenkins takes the reader on a voyage from the surface to the sunlit shallows to the very bottom of the sea."—New York Times Book Review

“A must for any geography or natural history collection, this will be a great preparation for an aquarium visit or any discussion of ecology. More than that, however, it manages to convey the fact that most of our world is very, very different from what we experience, and that there may be nothing so strange and wonderful as our own planetary home.”—The Bulletin, starred review

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Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an unequivocal favorite among the young children to whom I read this book. We had a large group of children of both kindergarteners and first graders and they all unanimously loved it.The pictures kept them enthralled. I read bits of the text here and there, and, though I¿d anticipated that the text would be daunting for the children, I was wrong. They seemed to follow it well. I can only surmise that the pictures and the movement of the book, going deeper and deeper down into the ocean with every page, kept them going.A Sample:¿Near the surface the water is warm and brightly lit by the sun. Light-loving plants, algae, and bacteria---most single-celled and too small to see with the naked eye---are found here in uncountable numbers. Almost all life in the sea depends on these microscopic organisms, which use the sun¿s energy to help them manufacture their own food. They themselves are food for billions of animals¿.¿Children¿s Comments:Down, Down, DownSheridan, 6, said, "I liked the last page."Shelby, 7, said, "I liked the part where it got darker and darker."Jacobe, 6, said, "I liked the very end."Edwin, 6, said, "I liked the sharks."Ariana, 7, said, "I liked the dolphin jumpking in the water."Kali, 5, said, "I liked all the neat creatures."Children¿s Ratings: 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5,
BNBHarper on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A great non-fiction book for kids who are learning about sea animals in the ocean. The illustrations are very life-like and will capture the kids as well. The book has wonderful information and some of the sea animals are probably animals that kids have never heard of. Kids always like exploring new sea animals.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a traditional Steve Jenkins book in that he continues to find new and innovative ways of delineating his subjects. Jenkins uses a bar on the side of the book to show how deep in the ocean he is, and each page is filled with information about a different level of the ocean, including how much sunlight is there, what kinds of animals and fish are there and how they survive. He also gives examples of bioluminescence and food particles. Jenkins includes three pages of additional information at the back of the book about the animals he has shown. His art is more of a collage style, with textured paper cut-outs of the fish and animals. This book would be terrific in a classroom where they were studying the ocean, or for an elementary school child who wanted to learn more generally about the ocean.
nieva21 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a well-researched and thought out interpretation of non-fiction data in the way that children might actually see it, say for instance if they scuba-dived into the sea. It's very thought-provoking the way that Jenkins has proceeded to address what species lives directly at what leige of the sea.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
=This is a picture book for kids in kindergarten through about 4th or 5th grade. It's a description of marine animals in different depths of the sea, starting at the surface and going down, down, down to the deepest trenches that exist. Very well presented are pictures of the astonishing of diversity of marine life, and the effects of both lack of sunlight and greater & greater pressure on that diversity as the reader is taken down layer by layer. I tried this out on our 6-year old granddaughter. She surprised me by knowing the story line already, probably learned in her kindergarten class (bravo for her teacher!). My main complaint is that this is not a book a 6-year old can pick up and understand for herself. Many of the words are too advanced for a kid that age to comprehend. However, I enjoyed reading it with her and talking about it, even though she kept pointing out to me that she already "got" it. That verifies to me that the reasonably sophisticated scientific concepts in the book can be understood even by a child in kindergarten.
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sinewave More than 1 year ago
The review in the New York Times (a must-read) led me to buy this book. However, despite being a picture book, it is definitely not for toddlers. Older children will love it, though. I bought it for my niece and nephew and read it aloud to them and their mom. Turns out the adults were the most fascinated by the book!