Did you know that seventy-one percent of the planet is covered in water and that the ocean holds ninety-seven percent of the water? Enter the wonderful world of oceans and discover all of the incredible things that live in them. Meet the ancient ocean dwellers, swim with jellyfish and octopuses, and admire the colours of the coral reef. An unbelievable underwater journey awaits…
Jess French has created another gorgeously illustrated non-fiction book that is packed full of information on the oceans. Earth’s Incredible Oceans is as incredible as the oceans and ocean life that it is written about and is a must read for lovers of marine animals, the oceans and budding conservationists. Don’t be surprised if children want to become marine biologists after reading this.
Educational and engaging, this truly fascinating underwater journey invites children to uncover the incredible life that lives beneath and, in some cases, above the waves. From the life-rich sunlight zone to the darkest depths of the ocean, seabirds to sea lions, narwhals to nautiluses, polar bears to pollution, angler fish to anemones. So much is packed into each and every page, you’ll be poring over them for hours and desperate to get out there and discover things for yourself.
Sensibly organised across five distinct chapters, French unpicks what exactly an ocean is, explores ocean animals and ocean life, dives into ocean habitats and finishes by looking at the importance of oceans, how human actions are damaging the oceans and what can be done to protect them.
Visually it is an absolute treat with colourful pages of incredible watery worlds featuring all manner of bite-sized factoids - a helpful glossary clarifies any technical fishy vocabulary. Information is a vast as the oceans themselves and children who love facts will be as happy as a clownfish swimming amongst an anemone. I personally enjoyed spending time in the seagrass meadows, the kelp forests and the coral reefs - these are so colourful and rich with life.
Jess French and Claire McElfatrick’s passion for their subject matter bursts from every single page of this book and it is sure to get everyone obsessing about oceans. We must take care because, ‘Without oceans, life on Earth would simply not exist.’ Earth’s Incredible Oceans is a brilliant place for children to start their understanding of just why the oceans matter so much.
Recommended for 7+.