Blue Planet: Life in Our Oceans and Rivers

Tiger Tales/360 Degrees. (Colors of the World). Oct. 2019. 32p. index. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781944530969.
Gr 1-4–This work introduces younger children to the many wonders of oceans and river life. Full-color illustrations depict examples of animal life dependent on the waters in which they live. The five oceans and the major rivers of the world are presented with information about each. The water cycle is explained and illustrated showing the ceaseless circle of renewal. The sizes and habitats of creatures great and small living in a variety of waters are compared. The great white shark is presented as a fearsome creature, and viper fish are portrayed with scary fangs. Transportation on waterways is represented by a variety of vessels, and floating homes and barges are shown as possible places to live on the water. Yet the broad assortment of facts, figures, and creatures results in a lack of coherence in this introductory work.
VERDICT A random collection of information about life in Earth’s oceans and rivers that lacks the coherence needed to be a truly useful resource. Best serves as an addition to existing collections on habitats.

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