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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Oceanology: The True Account Of The Voyage of the Nautilus (Non-Fiction)



Released August 2009

www.ologyworld.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Young readers six and older are invited along on this underwater adventure that retraces the famed voyage of the Nautilus. Another in the very popular "ology" series, the lavishly illustrated volume is filled with pop-outs and fold-outs that map the voyage, describe the denizens of the deep the submarine's crew encountered, souvenirs of where they made landfall, and information about the Antarctic Shelf, the Great Barrier Reef, and Atlantis.

There's also a detailed diagram of the vessel's interior as well as accounts of the discovery of a deep water volcano, a brush with a giant squid and a stop in the Galapagos Islands.

Most of the narrative is in cursive writing which, although very legible, may put off some readers. On the other hand, there are so many illustrations, booklets to delve into, and other material that I think most youngsters will not be too deterred by the print style or the rather small type- face used for the foldouts. If there is a problem, mom or dad can lend a hand.

Not your typical "picture book", Oceanology contains so much information that the reader will spend more than just a few minutes perusing it. This is a volume that demands one's full attention and most youngsters (and adults for that matter) will be more than willing to spend some time exploring its wonders.

1 comment:

  1. The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land and sea animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.

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