If you only can afford one book about oceans, this is the one to pick. Filled with information about marine science, mini-biographies of marine scientists, and hands-on activities to reinforce learning. Great white sharks are fierce predators and this book reflects reality. Right up front, the cover sets the tone for this book, showing a shark with something in its mouth and a suggestion of red blood in the water.
Some of the illustrations within the book show the sharks grabbing and eating seals. Certain children are going to find this thrilling and others are probably not. As with any book with potentially disturbing images, it is a good idea to prepare young readers in advance and let them choose whether they want to continue. That is not to say that this book is about gratuitous violence. In fact, it contains a number of fascinating scientific illustrations detailing the body of the shark, how its blood circulates to help heat up this cold-blooded fish, how its eyes work, how its teeth work, and what makes its jaws unique.
Learning facts about any animal definitely helps make it less fearsome. The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans Scientists in the Field Series by Elizabeth Rusch introduces us to a number of scientists who are working hard to convert the mechanical energy of ocean waves into electrical energy. Rusch starts the book with a description of the power of waves, including an example of a cruise ship caught in a powerful storm. She then delves into the early lives of two engineers who are working on converting wave energy into electricity. She follows with an overview of the research of several competing groups, showing the progress and setbacks of this interesting field.
It has smaller illustrations and deeper text than Coral Reefs , covering topics ranging from extreme ocean animals to extreme ocean weather events. He also mentions coral reefs.
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Most amazing fact? I thought it was the pinky-nail-sized Australian jellyfish that can deliver a mammoth-sized amount of pain. It calls on the full resources of National Geographic to chronicle the amazing field of deep water oceanography,. Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano Scientists in the Field Series by Kenneth Mallory tells the story of marine biologist Rich Lutz as he investigates the odd creatures that have been recently discovered around hydrothermal vents.
Curt Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who studies the huge streams of water flowing through the ocean, called currents.
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Ebbesmeyer discovered that by tracking how fast and how far floating items spilled from ship accidents like sneakers and floating toys moved, he and other scientists could map the direction and speed of the ocean currents. See related science experiments and activities at Growing With Science.
Johnson allows readers learn about cutting edge science, view glorious full-color photographs of creatures never seen before, and get glimpses into the lives of scientists at work. It is so appropriate for kids at an age where they are getting ready to explore their world, as well as starting to think about their career options. This book is sure to inspire everyone to want to study marine biology. Castaldo encourages the reader to explore concepts about the ocean using hands-on activities and crafts.
Activities range from creating a jellyfish mobile to learning how whales stay warm in cold Arctic waters. If I were to only consider Rebecca L. Johnson's Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures scientifically and with regard to how well the author describes the Census of Marine Life and the oh so very many new to science sea creatures found and catalogued during this global project, I would in all likelihood be granting a full five star rating as both the presented narrative and the accompanying photographs are intellectually and visually a total and utter dream, with especially If I were to only consider Rebecca L.
However and the above all having been said, I have to admit that I do take a bit of personal umbrage at the rather casual and nonchalant attitude shown by author Rebecca L. Johnson towards the fact that in order to adequately study and analyse these creatures of the deep, in order to make and then manually organise these types of discoveries, sea animals such as jellyfish, comb jellies, zoo plankton, crustaceans etc. And while I do in fact more than understand why this needs to be done, there is at least in my humble opinion a rather callous authorial attitude of "oh well this is necessary to and for science" that I for one tend to find more than a bit uncomfortable and indeed, I do therefore wish that the author had shown a trifle more humility and less of a sense of this being simply necessary and therefore totally academically, scientifically excusable.
Still, and for all that Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures remains highly recommended but yes, even though I have much enjoyed both text and the many amazing photographs and have actually learned quite a lot myself, I do leave this book with a somewhat bitter taste remaining in my mouth and a sadness that in order to study the ocean and its creatures, we seemingly have to kill them and that we also still do seem to think that this is both acceptable and even perhaps quite appropriate.
Now really, what educational use is a non fiction science book on the ocean if one cannot actually peruse the featured text with any kind of visual ease? And truth be told, I even ended up having to purchase the hardcover edition of Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures , as it was quite simply utterly impossible for me to physically read the e-book edition on my iPad. View 2 comments. Jul 10, Beverly rated it really liked it Shelves: jnf Wonderful photos of all kinds of unusual creatures. Nov 26, Emma Couch rated it did not like it. Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures is about the Census of Marine Life quest and the many researchers and countries participating in the largest exploration of the ocean in history and their findings.
The findings are classified into their discovery locations. Shallow edges, the dark zine, abyssal plains, mountains in the sea, ridges and vents, ad the unfathomable deep are the six locations of discovery. Each location is their own chapter and they each discuss their creatures, Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures is about the Census of Marine Life quest and the many researchers and countries participating in the largest exploration of the ocean in history and their findings.
Each location is their own chapter and they each discuss their creatures, organisms, and findings. The accuracy of this book is apparent because eighteen scientists from different colleges and countries are quoted and sighted in the book as well as a multitude of books, websites, and videos. The organization of this book, however, was odd. It was convenient that they book was organized into the six locations but the index, glossary, sources, source notes, and bibliography were in the middle of the book which disturbed the reading process and made it confusing.
The design of the book was attractive the background consisted of the colors of the actual atmosphere of each area and pictures of the actual creatures surround each page.
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The reality of the fluorescent creatures was really captured through these illustrations. The writing style of this book is very vocabulary rich and contains a glossary that is convenient to look up unknown words, however, the writing and content was hard to connect to making it unstimulating. Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures could be used in the classroom for students wanting to learn more or take the next step into ocean information. Apr 08, Amanda Guenther rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-literature I would pair these two books together because not only are they both in a deep sea setting but also both books are about taking a journey.
Just like the scientists in this book discover new things within the sea so does the rainbow fish. Nivola Farrar, Straus and Giroux , pairing. My students can compare and contrast the animals within this nonfiction book and its Rainbow fish pairing. They can look at animals in the sea that are similar between the books and which ones are different. Children can also compare and contrast the type of writing and information we get from the books.
For example the nonfiction book is giving us factual information which teaches us about discovery while Rainbow Fish is a fictional story about a fish discovering the world which teaches us similar things. The two books are very different in what age they are supposed to be for. The nonfiction book will have to be read aloud to a younger age group. I would read both aloud to the students together.
Students could reference both books for future assignments but may need help understanding and interpreting the nonfiction book. Apr 17, Mary Ward rated it liked it Shelves: eced This book is full of information about the ocean.
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It contains information from the surface to the deepest levels of the ocean. Each page is loaded with authentic facts. The pictures are all authentic photographs, as well.
The information is all organized. A location in the ocean is presented, and then throughout the next few pages, descriptions of the location and things that may be seen there are described in endless detail. The format is easy to follow. The dark background throughout the book ma This book is full of information about the ocean. The dark background throughout the book makes the pictures and words pop.
Children will love the real life pictures and neat facts. The writing style is clear. The author introduces so many new facts without overwhelming the reader with large and confusing words. This book is loaded with information! I would love to introduce this book to my class. This book would fit well in a science unit including the ocean.
In my opinion, the pictures are what makes the book. They are so eye catching and interesting. They are all photographs, and authentic pictures of what is being described. This book offers so much information, in an eye catching manor. Nov 06, Jordan Cummings rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books , nonfiction.
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Many people have always wondered what mysteries the ocean holds. Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures by Rebecca Johnson explores the ocean from sunlit shallows to the deepest, darkest depths. Along the way, the readers meet many incredible creatures that are brand new to science. They are taken to a coral reef and spot a new species of pygmy octopus and then deeper into the ocean and discover fragile, nearly transparent jellies as they drift past.
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They are then lead down into Many people have always wondered what mysteries the ocean holds. They are then lead down into a world of eternal night, encounter animals that make their own light and zombie worms that feast on the bones of dead whales. This books adventure is based on the real journeys of scientists involved in the Census of Marine Life. From to , more than two thousand researchers from 82 countries carried out the most extensive investigation of ocean life ever attempted.
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