One fish, two fish, and an entire ocean of amazing creatures. Read all about them in this amazing and beautifully-illustrated book from Yuval Zommer.
This is not a heavy information guide. Instead it combines facts with artwork to capture children’s imaginations. Did you know that a krill has a see-through body, so you can see it digesting last night’s dinner? Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? These bite-sized snippets of information will make children curious and motivated to learn about life under the sea.
The first double page spread outlines different families of sea creatures. Most of the following double-page spreads are dedicated to individual species of sea life. Towards the end, there is some information about the different layers of the ocean, and the impact human activity is having on sea life. I was particularly pleased to see the latter included. What better time to talk about the way we treat the world than when a child has developed a growing love of wildlife?
There is also a useful page at the back which defines terms for young readers. Instead of being called a glossary, it is presented as a way to brush up your skills for talking to oceanographers. This simple difference will draw in many more readers. This is an inspired way to present definitions.
The illustrations are divine. They demonstrate how many shades and colours there are in the ‘big blue’. Short sentences at the side of each page offer creative descriptions of the sea. This provides a variety of words which could be used in creative writing – bet you didn’t think of the word ‘slicing’ to describe the movement of a fish.
I love the STEAM approach. For those of you who don’t know, there has been a big push towards encouraging STEM subjects (that’s science, technology, information and maths). STEAM puts the arts back into STEM. This is the kind of book which shows exactly why this works. The arts explore and define the world, making people curious and hungry to think.
A sneaky sardine is hidden in different places throughout the book. This hide-and-seek game will keep people flicking. It is great to see factual books engaging the reader’s natural sense of play.
Exactly what a children’s information book should be: engaging, beautiful and packed with facts.