This description on the back cover of this book is truly enticing: “Would you like to explore the depth of the world’s seas and oceans? Then you’ve come to the right place!” This title, part of the “Explorer Travel Guides” series, introduces young readers to what covers most of our planet: oceans and seas. The author does this with several color-coded tools or icons. Blue “Don’t Forget” boxes offer handy advice and remind readers about what to take along in this literary journey. Pink “Amazing Facts” offers just that, with an element of surprise added. Orange “Who’s Who” features past experts and explorers. Green, “Conservation” includes insight on marine conservation. Where to start? According to the book, all five of the world’s oceans (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, Arctic) offer a range of temperature from warm tropical to iceberg-laden cold. To go exploring, you must take into account the seasons, such as hurricane season in the Atlantic, and be on the lookout for amazing sights such as coastlines, be it sandy beaches of steep cliffs. More significant are the history and traditions of exploration. The book features famous historical personalities from Captain James Cook to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, plus inventions. If you want to investigate shipwrecks, there are plenty of these, ancient to modern. Especially intriguing are the people currently exploring or studying our oceansDr. Edith Widder, who in 2005 founded the Ocean Research and Conservation Association plus Professor Callum Roberts, a marine biologist at England’s University of York. Finally, the book addresses an important question: are the seas changing? The book is packed with information, illustrations, a world map, timeline, glossary, index, and a “Find Out More” section that lists books, web sites, places to visit, marine national parks and ideas for individual research. Reviewer: Judy Crowder; Ages 12 up.
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Gr 4–6—Addressing readers as potential explorers, these intriguing guides integrate information from many subject areas. Interviews with current scientists and explorers are complemented by sketches of people from the past. While presenting adaptations various plants, animals, and people make to survive in extreme conditions, the texts note conservation efforts required to mitigate current environmental threats. Photos and diagrams illustrate specialized terminology such as types of desert landforms. Caves and Mountains create the greatest sense of active participation as readers are introduced to potential dangers such as hypothermia or altitude sickness. "Fact File" boxes with comparative data (e.g., the size of major deserts) at the end of every volume could serve as starting points for developing graphs. Except for Polar Regions, each title suggests ideas for more research. Drawing from biology, anthropology, geology, history, geography, and other disciplines, this series should generate plenty of ideas for further investigation.