Monday, May 9, 2011

The Ocean Story by John Seven and Jana Christy

Earth is covered in water, and most of it is from the oceans. But what is the ocean? Who lives there? What does it do? And why is it so big? Follow along as a young child learns all about the wonders of the oceanic world.

From the cover, you can tell that this is going to be a modern ocean story; Behind the blue waves sits evidence of an oil rig. The story gets to that eventually, but first it spends time dealing with the wondrous creatures and science of the ocean. I was intrigued by the perspective of the art. In many pages, the ocean looms large, as if it could form a destructive tidal wave at any moment. I enjoyed the bright colours and colour combinations for the undersea pages. The writing on some pages can be a bit hard to read, but I was reading an eBook off a screen; maybe it would be clearer in a paper version. The pages on oil and pollution, while having a clear environmental message, are really rather balanced. I think a book like this could be useful for helping explain to children what an oil spill is and how it's fixed.

Find it at Amazon.

I received an eBook copy for review from NetGalley. It was published by Capstone.

Read it with:
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Oceans by Johnna Rizzo

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