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Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545273226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545273220
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for LIVING SUNLIGHT: HOW PLANTS BRING THE EARTH TO LIFE:
* "If a good picture book does what it sets out to do, a great one sets out to do something huge and succeeds. . . . An outstanding book to read and absorb."--BOOKLIST, starred review
- "Chisholm, a professor of ecology, expands on the theme [photosynthesis], while the intense greens of Bang's gouaches bring it vibrantly to life."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
- "LIVING SUNLIGHT is less a tutorial on photosynthesis than a magnificent celebration of life."--NATURAL HISTORY

Praise for MY LIGHT:
* "A lovely and illuminating book that presents sound science while expressing the wonder of flipping a switch and flooding a room with light."--BOOKLIST, starred review
- "Bang's imagery and word choice provide a vivid text for her readers. And then there are the illustrations: phenomenal only begins to explain Bang's choices in her use of color and composition. . . . This is a picture book that should be found in all libraries."--CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

About the Author

Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including WHEN SOPHIE GETS ANGRY--REALLY, REALLY ANGRY...; TEN, NINE, EIGHT; and THE GREY LADY AND THE STRAWBERRY SNATCHER, each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Norther California.

Penny Chisholm is a professor at MIT where she has been teaching Ecology for over thirty years. She and her students do research on phytoplankton—tiny plants that feed all life in the oceans. Her research was most recently awarded the Agassiz Medal of the National Academy of Sciences.

More About the Author

Molly Bang is an award winning children's book illustrator and author. Her
works include 3 Caldecott Honor Books: Ten, Nine, Eight, The Grey Lady and the
Strawberry Snatcher, and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry, which
also won a Jane Addams Honor Award and the Arbuthnot Award. The Paper Crane
won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award in 1987; Goose won the School of Library
Journal Best Book of 1996 and another work, Common Ground: The Water, Earth,
and Air We Share, won the prestigious Giverny Book Award in 1998 for the best
children's science picture book. Her latest book, My Light, is an ALA Notable
book.

Her only work for adults is Picture This, which shows how an understanding of
the most basic principles enable a person to build powerful pictures. It is
used by art and graphic departments in colleges around the country.

Bang received her bachelor degree from Wellesley in French, and Masters in
Far Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona and at Harvard. She has also
worked as a reporter; as an educator for public health projects in Bangladesh
and in Mali, West Africa, incorporating information on maternal and child
health into stories; and as a teacher in colleges.

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It has beautiful illustrations.
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I also appreciate that at the end of the book are detailed explanations of the ideas presented so that young kids and older kids (AKA adults) can learn even more.
J. Nierman
My family (3yrs to adult) loves this book!
Naomi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My family (3yrs to adult) loves this book! Through gorgeous, detailed illustrations, we learned so much about phytoplankton, the food chain, and ocean life. Another amazing book by Molly Bang!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Person with Opinions on May 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to imagine how one could make phytoplankton an exciting subject for a children's book, but this book delivers and then some. It has beautiful illustrations. Actually beautiful isn't fair, it is more than that. There is an energy and life in the illustrations themselves that adds so much to the text. And the text is very well done as well. It includes all the important information without getting too technical or dry, and moves forward with energy and excitement. I found myself reading the book aloud to my two young girls with more and more excitement in my voice, since the text deserved it. Well done. Definitely worth purchasing. I came here not just to review, but to find the other Molly Bang books to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Martin on May 6, 2013
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This contains complex information about ocean eco systems in a format that is understandable and attractive to children. The illustrations are marvelous.
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