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Across The Big Blue Sea Hardcover – March 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1 edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792273087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792273080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From the shallows of a California beach, a boy launches his toy boat on a 25,000-mile adventure in this competent introduction to sea life. Propelled by wind and ocean currents, the little red craft drifts across the Pacific Ocean, past an Australian coral reef, among Antarctic ice floes (though the text does not identify the South Pole by name), then up the Atlantic through the Sargasso Sea, eventually to land in the hands of another boy on Great Britain's coast. Wood (Animal Hullabaloo) presents the varied double-spread sea environments with pleasing contrast: from the light-bathed coral reef with its colorful butterfly, lion and clownfish to the murky depths of the Atlantic where gulper eel skulk. Shore birds and seabirds, fish and mammals, reptiles and sea flora are all represented here with minimal narrative and clear labels. Meanwhile, the dwarfed toy boat bobs through all these teeming waters. With the likes of macaroni penguins, sea cucumbers and anchovies, this smorgasbord serves as an attractive appetizer for the youngest marine biologists. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?While playing on a beach in California, Tom pushes his small toy boat into the ocean. As readers follow its journey across the Pacific to the waters off Australia, on to the Indian Ocean, and across the Atlantic to its final destination off the coast of Great Britain, they can view the changing animal life above and below the surface of the water. They might even notice a sunken ship along the way. The spirited watercolor and pencil renderings of the creatures, all on two-page spreads, are uncluttered and clearly labeled. Wood's use of lighter and darker shades of blue, green, and yellow effectively mirrors different climate changes and ocean depths. One of the best features of the book is the map that traces the boat's 25,000 mile trip. The sea creatures that appear on it help readers match geographical areas with the story. While no information is given on any of the animals, this fictional journey may serve as a catalyst to research in the nonfiction section of the library. A good place to begin might be Joanne Oppenheim's Oceanarium (Bantam, 1994; o.p.). Or, use Suse Macdonald's Sea Shapes (Harcourt/Gulliver, 1994) to engage children in an art activity involving shapes and sea creatures.?Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
This book fascinates my 4-year-old in alot of ways. There are many sea animals labeled, and with the map in the back we can see where they live. He also likes the story of one boy sending a boat to another boy, and the boat's travels in between. The artwork is beautiful also.
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Format: Hardcover
oerfect for young children ready to open up to the world around them
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