Ultimate Oceanpedia

272p. filmog. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. National Geographic. Nov. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426325502.
Gr 4–7—With more than 350 vibrant photographs, this is a visually enticing look at the undersea world. Engaging "Bet You Didn't Know" fact boxes enhance each of the seven chapters. Chapter one provides size overview and maps of the locations while also highlighting the species unique to each of the four oceans. Also detailed are the properties of oceans, with a spread for the various layers, from sunlit to abyss. Focusing on aquatic life, the second chapter includes a concise food web. Students will learn relevant information about sharks, mollusks, clams, coral, and more (common and scientific name, size, diet, habitat, and range). Other sections examine waves, currents, and tides; weather phenomena such as El Niño and monsoons; the seafloor; and human influence (fishing, the importance of protecting the sea). Firsthand accounts from experts (e.g., marine ecologists and oceanographers) enliven the work. The book concludes with a three-page glossary with more than 100 terms.
VERDICT The crisp images will lure in browsers, and the user-friendly layout will hold the interest of those seeking report fodder.

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