Arctic Ocean

9781626173309. ea vol: 24p. (Discover the Oceans). chart. diag. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. Bellwether. 2016. lib. ed. $22.95. ebk. $22.95.
Gr 1–3—Beginning readers will find general information about the five oceans—their locations, seas and currents, resources, and the animals and plants they sustain. Books open with a "Did You Know?" box with geographical or historical information and conclude with a "Fast Facts" page of statistical information. Text runs about two to three sentences per page. Large, high-quality photos of locations, plants, and animals are attractive and usually labeled rather than captioned. Shaded maps of the oceans are a plus, as are the maps that show hemispheres. Some discussed places do not appear on the maps, and Arctic places Hudson and Baffin bays in the Arctic rather than the Atlantic Ocean, an often disputed designation.
VERDICT This set does not improve on recently published sets like Heinemann's "Oceans of the World," but remains an adequate supplementary choice.

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