How the Sea Came to Be: (And All the Creatures In It)

How the Sea Came to Be: (And All the Creatures In It)

How the Sea Came to Be: (And All the Creatures In It)

How the Sea Came to Be: (And All the Creatures In It)


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The New York Public Library Best Books for Kids List (2023)

A lyrical, spectacular history of the ocean—from its dramatic evolutionary past to its marvelously biodiverse present.

“For millions of years these first bits of life
Became more, and then more, and then more.”

Long, long ago, when the Earth was young and new, the world was a fiery place. Volcanoes exploded from deep down below, and steamy, hot clouds rose up high. Rain poured down for thousands of years, filling the world’s very first oceans. There the teeniest stirrings of life began. Earth’s creatures grew bigger and bigger, evolving into exciting forms like jellyfish, coral, and worms. Millions of years passed. Down in the depths and up on the surface, ocean life grew and spread. Now the sea teems with all kinds of animals—squid, turtles, dolphins, barracudas, even glowing fish, all living in the waters where long, long ago, life itself came to be. 

Spanning 4.5 billion years of evolution, this extensively researched book is an accessible introduction to geology, oceanography, and marine biology. Entrancing verse, awe-inspiring art, and fascinating back matter capture the mysterious beauty of the ocean and the incredible organisms who call it home. 

Chicago Public Library Kids Best of the Best Books List (2023)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802854780
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/25/2023
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 476,373
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Berne is an acclaimed children's author whose books include On a Beam of Light, Manfish, On Wings of Words (all Chronicle), and Look Up with Me (Katherine Tegen Books). She has been fascinated by the ocean since her childhood, and this book is based on her countless hours of research about evolution and the undersea world. Jennifer lives in the hills of Columbia County, New York, and spends her summers sailing along the coast of Maine. Visit her website at

Amanda Hall has illustrated over fifty award-winning books for young readers, including Out of this World (Balzer & Bray), Little Bear (Wisdom Tales), and The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Eerdmans). The art of How the Sea Came to Be was shaped by her reading, conversations with scientists, and explorations at London's Natural History Museum and Cambridge's Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Amanda works in her garden studio in Cambridge, England. Visit her website at amandahall-
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