Sunday, January 1, 2017

National Geographic Kids Ultimate Oceanpedia by Christina Wilson

National Geographic Kids Ultimate Oceanpedia 
by Christina Wilson
Published October, 2016
National Geographic Kids
272 pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
From tsunamis and sea turtles to riptides and reefs, learn all about the creatures, science, and ecology of our oceans, which cover more of the planet than all the continents and are just as important! Travel through all parts of the ocean to learn how it affects of our world, including storms and climate. Amazing facts, photos, illustrations, and diagrams are found throughout this book, along with conservation tips, weird-but-true facts, and a mini ocean atlas. Challenges to the health of our ocean and its creatures are also presented along with what people are doing to keep it pristine for generations to come.

My Thoughts
"The Most Complete Ocean Reference Guide Ever" boasts the cover of this book. Who am I to disagree? If you have a question about the Earth's oceans, I would be willing to bet you would find the answer in this book. 
It is organized into seven chapters:
2-Ocean Life
3-Ocean in Motion
4-Wild Weather
5-Underwater Exploration
6-Along the Coast
7-When People and Oceans Meet

Here are some of the interesting facts I learned from reading this book.
*"If you could take all the salt out of the ocean and spread it evenly on Earth's land, it would form a layer about as tall as a 40-story building!" 
*A jellyfish has no brain, heart or blood.
*Pearls are formed when clams and oysters cover sand granules with a smooth coating because they are irritating. 
*A polar bear can smell a dead animal from a distance of 3 miles. 
*The Pacific Ocean covers roughly one third of the Earth's surface. 

There are over 350 gorgeous photographs in this reference book. This is no surprise coming from National Geographic. 

Other text features include:
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Within the back matter, readers are given suggestions of ways to help our oceans and places to seek further information. 

I would highly recommend Ultimate Ocean-pedia for school, classroom or home libraries for ages 9 and up. 

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