Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Oceans and Seas

Oceans and Seas

Nicola Davies
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 7 to 9
Kingfisher, 2007   ISBN: 978-0753461655

Although our home planet is called Earth, it might have made more sense to call it Ocean because “only one third of Earth is dry land.” The rest is covered with blue oceans and seas, and these marine environments are full of life. Even in the deepest dark depths, you will find animals, albeit very strange ones.

In this Science Kids title, Nicola Davies looks at oceans and seas. She looks at why seas and oceans are salty, the way in which seas and oceans have their own underwater topography, what tides and waves are, and how oceans create weather.

The author then goes on to look at the animals that live in marine habitats. Some species of animals that live in oceans and seas help us to better understand our planet’s history. The coelacanth and horseshoe crabs have remained relatively unchanged for millions of years and are considered “living fossils.”

In addition to providing readers with information about a variety of fish species and mammals, the author also tells us about coral reefs, kelp “jungles,” deep oceans, and more.

This book will give younger readers an excellent introduction to the marvels and mysteries found in the world’s oceans. Like all the other books in this series, there are annotated photos on every page, and an easy to understand text.