A classroom favorite and simple first look at oceans from Cathryn and John Sill, creators of the award-winning About Habitats and About… series.
“A lovely primer on Earth’s largest habitat.” ―Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine
In simple, easy-to-understand language, former educator and author Cathryn Sill teaches children what oceans are, what kinds of animals and plants live there and how they survive, and why oceans are important. Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill offers beautifully detailed paintings that depict the characteristics of different types of oceans—from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean—and how different species have adapted. A glossary and afterword provide readers with further details. Ideal for casual exploration or for early childhood and elementary science units.
The About Habitats series introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components. Each book in the series provides information about the nature and characteristics of the habitat while the full-page illustrations expand on that information.
“This handsome volume from the Sills’ About Habitats series introduces the world’s largest habitat…The paintings are notable for the subtle use of color to recreate effects of water and light within the scenes…[A] fine addition to science collections…” ―Booklist
“Using simple, easy-to-understand language, the author introduces readers to characteristics of oceans and the wildlife found within them. Luminous watercolor paintings illustrate the brief text.” ―Booklist Online
“A lovely primer on Earth’s largest habitat, this book illustrates all the ocean basics with spare text and vivid watercolors. A detailed afterword allows readers to dig deeper.” ―Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine
“Spouses Cathryn and John Sill team up to create an informative, spare text and lovely, detailed watercolor book that conveys the majesty of the ocean and the amazing variety of life forms within…” ―Washington Parent
“A strong pick for any children’s picturebook collection looking for books on science and nature…” ―Midwest Book Review
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2013
NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2012
North Carolina Author Awards (AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2012
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013
AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Themes: Ocean Animals, Ocean Characteristics, Ocean Geography, Ocean Plant Life
BISAC 1: JNF037070 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
BISAC 2: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 3: JNF003150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life