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Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus (Ologies) Hardcover – August 25, 2009

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Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson have worked together on a number of splendid picture books. Their work has been hailed as exquisitely detailed . . . touching by "Publishers Weekly" and infused with natural wonder, beautifully illustrated, and stunning by "Booklist." Ms. Ward and Mr. Anderson live in England.

Michael Morpurgo is the award-winning author of more than ninety books and a former British Children's Laureate. He lives in Devon, England.
Gary Blythe has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE WHALES' SONG by Dyan Sheldon, which was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Ologies (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642907
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.8 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It all starts with a letter. Young Zoticus deLessups, in a message dated March 25, 1863, was invited by Professor Pierre Aronnax to join him as his assistant on "an important voyage of discovery." Aronnax, a friend of the 16-year-old deLessups's father, hopes the trip, one of oceanic research, will be educational and productive. Zoticus sets out from Marseille to Cadiz where he finds The Nautilus and Captain Nemo awaiting his arrival. So begins the richest and most inventive book in the 'Ology series so far.

Combining science, history and adventure, OCEANOLOGY explores the facts and fictions of the earth's oceans and uses the Jules Verne classic TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA as a clever framework. The idea here is that the fictional Professor Aronnax, Captain Nemo and others from the Verne novel were real figures, and Verne himself learned about them, and the fate of The Nautilus, from Zoticus deLessups (Verne having taken the name from the famous developer of the Suez Canal, Ferdinand deLessups), who lived out the rest of his life in an asylum after having created the journal that is OCEANOLOGY. As far-fetched as the setup seems, it works well here. For young readers there is the adventure of Zoticus to draw them in and the science of the ocean to keep them fascinated.

Though the book is the supposed record of the journey, it is filled with amazing information on marine biology (a seabed map, charts on ocean life at various depths, introductions to concepts such as the thermal cycle, surface currents and much, much more). Readers will also glean knowledge about navigation and navigational tools, the history of diving, coral reefs, plate tectonics, and fanciful topics like mythical ocean beasts and the myth of Atlantis.
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When I came across this book in a store I knew I had to purchase it for my 5 year old. I can't even begin to go through the wonders found inside.....The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, the "Web of Life", and a portholoe into the Deep. There are so many educational topics to spark a child's sense of wonder. He is on the young side for the material but this will allow the book to grow with him. The illustrations, different textures, and pockets within will certainly hold his attention.

Great book, I am very happy to have come upon it.
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I purchased this book for my twelve year old grandson. I got hooked and read the whole book before I gave it to him for Christmas. I would highly recommend it to boys and girls of all ages and anyone who has an interest in the ocean. There is a new surprise on every page with stories, letters, pictures and so much information about the oceans and their inhabitants.
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This is a magical, fun, fascinating book with layers on layers of learning. My son is 8 and adores this book, and I love it just as much. My dad is 75 and he loves it too! We have had it for a few months and we continue to discover new things every time we read it. There is a lot of text and it can be a bit advanced for a 3rd grader, but he still enjoys perusing through it. Can't wait to get PIrateology.
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This is a great addon to the other ology books. It's just as good quality, in the same vein and equally interesting. If you don't have Dragonology and Monsterology and are not a total ocean maniac, I would recommend getting those first.
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This was an exciting book for my granddaughter, who is 10. In wonderful shape and the colors are even better than they look online. The content was thrilling for her. I would buy other -ology books.
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This series of books is great for kids 3+ I bought all of them for my girl and boy and although they can't read they love looking a the pictures - when they can read I am sure they will love them even more! Buy used they are a bit cheaper!
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This series of books written in England have the usual British in-depth analytical knowledge and detailed coverage of their particular subject. The pop-ups in their pages add a nice tough of excitement for the kids.
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