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Navigators: Oceans and Seas Hardcover – Illustrated, 19 Jul 2010
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School Library Journal[An] attractive volume. . . consisting mainly of captions, color photos, and artwork that is almost 3D in appearance. Glossaries and indexes and a final page pointing the way to futher resources in books, films, websites, and museums [strategically] appear. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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As it is, it turns out that this is more than just a pretty book about sea creatures. This book sets out to try and cover many/most topics that relate to the oceans and seas starting out with life in the oceans, how oceans were formed and the ocean floor. There is information on many of the different habitats that can be found such as coasts, saltmarshes and deltas and coral reefs. It then moves on to cover food chains, migrations and frozen seas, modern exploration and how we get energy and food from the sea. Of course there is also a section on the dangers that humans pose to the inhabitants of the ocean and finally what the future might hold.
Each section/topic is a double page spread and the photos and illustrations are glorious. It's quite a feast for the eyes! Useful and interesting bits of science and general information are covered in every topic and, whilst it is generally well explained, it is not dumbed down so that older children won't enjoy reading it. This book should appeal to a wide age range - younger children will delight in the pictures and having bits of it explained to them, children from around 8+ may be able to largely enjoy it unaided...but I would think that it would still be of interest to older children up to early teens. My one complaint is that although the book looks amazing and does contain quite a bit of information, the topics that it tries to cover in a double page spread are often massive, to say the least, and so it's really only scratching the surface. Perhaps that's how it's intended - as a brief overview of the most important elements of the oceans and seas - but it left my eldest son slightly annoyed as he wanted more pages and topics covered in more depth. Still, each topic does have a website indicated where you can go and find out more information...so I guess he'll have to do his own legwork on that one!
Overall, a great visual introduction to the oceans and seas for your kids. Recommended.
I used to read alot of this type of books when I was younger and just know that I would have delighted in it's reading back when I was 8 years old and didn't have access to computers. Now children do have access to PCs, but I still think that books are a valid resource. This book combines the best of both worlds, it starts you off with the content of the book, then provides you with web-links so that children can explore further on their own.
The text is non-patronising, menaing that at 21 years old I could still read this book without being bored and found it highly interesting. I would recomend this book for children aged between 7-12 years old, but I feel that younger confident readers could also enjoy it as it contains many full spread photographs and 3D modelled images and also to older teenagers, who are prehaps struggerling with the topic of oceans/seas for something more interesting then a standard text-book.
I will definately be considering the Navigator series of books as gifts to my younger family members.
It was a good one, he didn't know that the book had been ordered, so it was a nice surprise for him and also for myself too.
The graphics are wonderful and all in all a really good book. Something for every youngster out there to read and enjoy, whilst also learning about some of the wonderful creatures in our oceans and seas. Why weren't books on this sort of subject so interesting as this when I was at school? If so I may have taken more of an interest.
It even explains all about climate change (but done in an easy to understand way) even for an eight year old.
An amazing selection of jelly fish, turtles and creatures to name just a few.
A great book for any child doing a project at school on the oceans and seas as it would work in pretty well with that, it also gives you various web addresses to search on and get more information on things. That along with useful addresses on where to see various exhibits of some of the creatures.
Hardbacked and well worth the money, even us parents had a good look at it and were surprised at how easily explained and well written it was.
A great idea for a Christmas present for a youngster.
Have also found out that the author also does other books, so looking at some of those, as if they are as good as this one, there will be another one or two ordered as Christmas presents.
It's not a very long book (nice big page size though), but it covers the oceans from most conceivable angles (yes, including conservation/pollution etc), celebrating their breathtaking size, scope and diversity. It contains a few hooks for further investigation by young enquiring minds.
However, for me as an adult, the main thing is just looking through it and seeing the lovely artwork, photos and the almost seamless layouts. Those are what I shall remember more than anything else about it.
As a solid introductory learning book for the young (perhaps 6-12 age range), or eye candy for ANY age group, this cannot be faulted.
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