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NSTA RecommendsThere are many books about the ocean for young children, but this one offers a twist. It can be read like an internet scavenger hunt in book form. That makes it more interactive, and the format has the potential to attract reluctant readers. . . . This book gives young students an introduction to the marine environment, and including the theme of conservation gives it added value. Library Media ConnectionExplorers is a unique references series. Along with many facts, illustrations, and information-filled pages, the reader will find more information in the borders and sidebars. . . . students will want to read it over and over.
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Explorers is a new first reference series for children of six and above: those who are just starting to read alone and more confident readers who are beginning to exercise wider reading and cross-referencing skills. Lively, story-based artwork scenes draw children into a subject, and each scene is followed by a photographic information spread that gives a wealth of extra detail. As a fun, extra, interactive element, coloured 'journey link' buttons allow readers to choose their own path through the book. In Oceans and Seas, explore rock pools, coral reefs and shipwrecks, and meet the fascinating creatures that live in the worlds waters.
This is a great book with a wide age appeal, as it includes a large number of beautifully drawn pictures in vivid colour, but, unlike picture books for younger children only, also includes a wealth of detail about the things to be found under the sea.
More than this, it falls into that rare category of book that has something new every time it's opened. A hiding fish, or a detail on the submersible.
A well priced, attractive volume and a good gift for a child with an interest in natural history.
This is a brightly coloured, nicely illustrated reference book with both familar and unfamilar concepts to interest children aged 6+. The 'at the seashore' pages can be used as a reference tool for a day at the beach, while double page spreads on 'exploring a wreck' and 'stories under the sea' should fire the imagination of children learing about pirates at school.
The 'button' concept used in the book is an interesting one. I think that the idea behind it is to make the book more 'interactive' to a young audience used to clicking online or using game consoles. They can not disguise the fact that it is still a book though, and might be confusing to children who have just learnt to read books sequentially.
The 'voyage to the deep' section provides just the right amount of weirdness and scary beasties to entertain children who like dinosaurs and aliens, and the 'what is this?' questions are a fun way to learn facts together.
An enjoyable book that would sit well on any child's shelf.
A beautifully coloured, brightly illustrated, non-fiction reference book. Reviewed by a Primary School Teacher (family member)
This is a perfect book for anybody interested in the oceans. It combines interesting facts with colourful, vibrant pictures. The language is `child-friendly'. Although the book is aimed at older children, younger children would enjoy this book just as much if read to them or by just looking at the pictures. The font is also big and clear enough for children to start sounding the words out themselves. A good page to remember in the book is the index page where it sounds the words out for you - great for adults when reading it to the children!
The coloured 'button' concept used in the book is very interesting. I can see why some people may not like the concept, but I feel it is fun and challenges the children that bit further. The basic idea is that the child would look at the contents page and choose what they want to learn about or choose `their own journey' as the book puts it. Each `button' has a picture on it too.
The book does not tell you where to find the first `button' so you have to flip through the pages to find this. Say the child chooses to learn about `Science' they would flip through the book until they come to page 7 where they would find the first red `button'.
The child would read the information on this page and then look at the red `button' again where they would find the next page number. This would then direct them to more information on the same topic, which is on page 22. This then directs them to page 10 and so on.
The `button' concept purposely encourages the child to flip forwards and backwards throughout the entire book, which could become slightly annoying.
I personally found the `button' concept to be particularly useful when teaching children about the contents page and how it shows you where to find information. The children explained it as a "game" and all really enjoyed following the coloured `buttons' throughout the book.
Obviously, as the `buttons' do not appear on every page, the contents and index page are very useful and it also allows the children to read the book normally if they wish.
Other good factors about this book are the well- labelled, clear, CGI illustrations, the `what is this?' pictures and the big bold text.
In summary; I would recommend this book for a child at any age that enjoys reading. I am now looking out for the other books in the same range.Read more ›
I thought this book would be a valued edition to night time stories with a world of underwater creatures to learn about and scenes to explore, but I was diasppointed by the over populated pages that were just trying to do too much.
The book seems to be geared towards children in the 8-12 year old range.
I liked the cover and it really attraced me to the book, colourful and interesting. There follows 27 pages of content from coastal to seashore to coral landscapes to artic waters. Plus there are different coloured squares that flow through the book: red for animals, green for science, blue for explorers, and orange for conservation. Page 30 then completes these different journeys with descriptions and facts of interest.
I applaud the concept but in practice I think the book has too much jumbled on to the various pages and tries to cover too much in too little space. The book should have either concentrated on less or been much longer.
An interesting source of information but it will gather dust on the shelf rather than worn pages through use.
This is a lovely little book with just the right mix of subjects, photos and information to keep a 6 year old entertained. The 'journey' idea - following buttons on various pages connects some of the information together in a different narrative - just seemed a little forced; it's like the authors or publishers are trying to make their book have a similar feel to a website. It's not a website, it's a book and no worse for that.