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Monday, August 16, 2010

Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures - Rebecca Johnson (Non-Fiction)

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Absolutely gorgeous color photographs grace every page of this juvenile non-fiction offering. Journey Into the Deep is an outstanding resource for any school-aged child who is studying or shows interest in our seas and oceans. There's also narrative that provides helpful information, as well as a few surprises that even grown-ups may not know.

Within Journey Into the Deep, the author discusses things such as ocean depth and how it varies, coral reefs and classifications of the different creatures.Sure, you'll find things you readily recognize like sea stars and jellyfish, but there are other lesser known sea critters. Learn about things like methane ice worms, siphonophores (trust me these unique creatures are worth viewing) and even creatures sounding like they belong in a horror movie such as the zombie worm.

The format to this book makes it easy to follow along as you read the informative text. Older children should have no problems with the text. There may be a few tougher words, but a glossary helps out with unfamiliar vocabulary. If you're in a hurry, choose the specific chapter of interest and flip right too it. Chapters include:
  • Shallow Edges
  • Open Water
  • Deep Slopes
  • Dark Zone
  • Abyssal Plains
  • Mountains in the Sea
  • Ridges and Vents
  • The Unfathomable Deep
Throughout each section you'll find quotes from famous scientists. All in all, I think this is a must for families with children who love to learn new things.

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