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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452108331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108339
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Simon examines the things that are "most," pertaining to oceans: the tallest sea mounts, the largest waves, the highest tides in the world, the most dangerous and largest animals, the coldest and warmest waters, the biggest storms and tsunamis, and the longest journeys, as well as a closing chapter predicting scenarios if sea levels continue to rise. He strikes a good balance of text and vibrant color photographs that appear on almost every page to reveal a hidden world of action and beauty that will encourage children to investigate the physical characteristics, life-forms, and fragility of the world's oceans. Perhaps the most engaging chapter is the one in which readers are introduced to some of the biggest animals and are shown how they navigate, what they eat, and where they live. Photos are displayed next to boxes of concise text in addition to the descriptive narrative that makes up the majority of the book. For example, next to a full-page photo of an ocean wave, the text asks readers to "imagine being caught at sea in a small ship in the middle of a monster storm," which was the fate of the Andrea Gail in 1991. This book will appeal particularly to young scientists who are interested in nature and animals as well as to those who are pulled in by dangerous scenarios and esoteric facts. The book's strength lies in its ability to introduce these audiences to the vulnerability of oceans and marine ecologies as a result of climate change.-Anne Barreca, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

More informative than most children’s books with extreme in the title, Simon’s latest book emphasizes superlatives and high-interest topics related to the world’s oceans, while supplying the basic knowledge that gives the extremes a meaningful context. For instance, an explanation of what causes tides precedes a description of the world’s highest tides, found in the Bay of Fundy. Fully illustrated four-page sections present a broad spectrum of subjects, such as the largest ocean animals, the longest marine migrations, conditions and creatures in the deepest waters, the El Niño and La Niña phenomena, storms at sea, tsunamis, and climate change. On the double-page spreads, about the same amount of space is devoted to information and illustration. Apart from an occasional note of a photo’s locale, there are no captions even where they would be useful, but the photos generally work well to illustrate the text. Introducing oceans without presuming much prior knowledge, this is a solid addition to science collections. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan

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By Grace Flynn on May 6, 2013
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This was a good book for an introductory to the ocean. Perfect book to read if you just can't get enough of that place
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By Joanne on January 12, 2014
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Great book for our 7 and. 8 year old grandsons They are very curious about science and know a lot, but they kept saying as we/they read. " I don't know that..." So it was a great gift
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More About the Author

Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association). His free, educational children's app, SCIENCE FUN TO GO, debuted in the Top 10 of all free children's apps in the Amazon App store, and features in app purchase of original Seymour Simon eBooks, as well as a multitude of free content.

Seymour Simon uses his website,, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers and parents to use with his books, including 4-page Teacher Guides for all 26 of his Collins/Smithsonian photo essay books. The site provides multiple resources for kids writing book reports or wanting to explore the online Science Dictionary, and also features the Seymour Science blog highlighting current science news. Educators and families are encouraged to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter from to stay abreast of the latest materials that Seymour Simon is introducing to enrich the reading experience.

He taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven't really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."

Seymour Simon is also a creator and the author of a series of 3D books and a series of Glow-in-the-Dark Books for Scholastic Book Clubs, a series of leveled SEEMORE READERS for Chronicle Books, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON, SCIENCE DETECTIVE series of fiction books. His books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon's books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose."

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books.

In a recent interview Simon was asked if he ever thinks of retiring. "I seem to be working faster and harder than ever. I absolutely don't feel any urge to sit back and look at what I've done. The only things that I'm thinking about are things I'd like to do in the future. I'm planning and doing and continuing to write. It's what I love to do. I remember a story about an anthropologist going to talk to a tribe and he asked them what was their word for "work." Their response was they have no word for work. Everybody does the things that they do in their life. I love that response. I don't differentiate between work and play. Everything I do is something that I enjoy doing - the writing, the research and everything else."

Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook group page. He also regularly hosts Q&As and sponsors book giveaways on GoodReads.

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