- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Lexile Measure: AD1050L (What's this?)
- Series: Arbordale Collection
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607186292
- ISBN-13: 978-1607186298
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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- #372 in Children's Marine Life Books
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A Day in the Deep (Arbordale Collection) Paperback – September 10, 2013
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This book touches on some fantastic topics like whale fall, marine snow, bioluminescence, and bacterial involvement at many depths... - School Library Journal
While brief rhyming verses describe the animals, four pages of more in-depth information about the ocean creatures end the book.- Booklist
Kevin Kurtz' A Day in the Deep (illustrated by Erin E. Hunter, Arbordale, grades prekindergarten-4) is a stocking stuffer that will keep on giving (educationally). Written in playful rhyming verse, this short, informative book takes primary grade readers down into the ocean's lightless depths (the aptly named midnight, abyssal and hadal zones). - Scientists Bookshelf
About the Author
Kevin Kurtz developed his interest in deep sea-animals while spending eight weeks as the Educator at Sea aboard the marine geology research vessel JOIDES Resolution. He holds degrees in English literature and elementary education and started his career by working at a marine biology lab. Since then, he has combined all of these experiences by working as an environmental educator and curriculum writer for organizations such as the South Carolina Aquarium, the Science Factory Children's Museum, and the Center for Birds of Prey. Kevin has authored A Day in the Deep, A Day on the Mountain and A Day in the Salt Marsh.
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Yes, and it seems the deeper down we go, the stranger they become. "One thousand feet below sea level, / a fish with protruding jaws / waits patiently in the darkness / with teeth like a raptor's claws." Watch out! A shrimp will soon be a tasty snack for the viperfish as he flashes a light protruding from a "spine attached to his back." Down, down, down, you go. Can anything be stranger than that viperfish? Once you read this book you'll know that there are some really strange creatures beneath the ocean waves!
This is an amazingly well-written and illustrated book that will captivate the young audience. The artwork and the verse seem to contribute equally to the allure of this book. This story in rhyme is written with ballad stanzas (the 2nd and 4th lines rhyme). The full-color, full-page artwork is quite stunning and will mesmerize the reader as they travel further and further down into the ocean. Confident readers should be able to tackle the material readily, but it will be of high interest to those much younger. In the back of the book are several activities, including some that can be downloaded and printed from the publisher's website. This would be an excellent book to read and discuss in the homeschool or classroom setting.
Grades K - 5
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The organisms featured in the rhyming text and nicely illustrated with the full-color, full-page artwork by Erin E. Hunter include Sargassum fish, cookiecutter sharks, viperfish, plankton, headlight fish, vampire squid, spookfish, marine snow, pelican eels, Atolla jellyfish, and anglerfish, among others. There are four pages of "For Creative Minds" information and activities in the back of the book: "Deep Ocean Habitats," "Match the Animal to its Life Zone," "Glowing in the Dark," and "Living Under Pressure." There are more free learning activities available at the publisher's website. Kids will enjoy discovering the unique habitats, adaptations, and food chains of these deep-sea creatures. Two similar books by Kurtz, an environmental educator and curriculum writer, are A Day in the Salt Marsh and A Day on the Mountain.
There were two things that I felt could have been better. The first is that some of the illustrations didn't plan for the gutter very well and fish heads got stuck in the fold of the book, which made it kind of difficult to see all the nicely rendered details. The second is that I felt like some information was sacrificed for the sake of the rhyme. I would have preferred a non-rhyming book so that we could have gotten more facts about the animals.
That being said, my kids and I really enjoyed our trip(s) into the deep and I look forward to more non-fiction books from this author and publisher.