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Title:
Exploring the deep, dark sea
Author:
Gibbons, Gail.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
30 pages] : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Explores the vastly unexplored world beneath the ocean's surface.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
780 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 51280.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.8 3 Quiz: 21846 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780316309455
Format :
Book

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Summary

Open this underwater exploration guide, and journey to the darkest depths of the oceans. Water covers almost three-fourths of our planet's surface, yet many of us have never seen what lies far beneath the waves. Filled with intriguing facts and colorful illustrations, this book examines the history and science of diving, the different ocean zones, and the future of undersea research. Full color.


Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Children can tag along with oceanographers as they travel 7,500 feet down to the ocean floor in a submersible diving vessel. Equipped with video cameras, life-support systems, mechanical arms, and more, the submersible records and collects samples from each level, or zone, on the journey. As the text describes the characteristics of each zone, Gibbons' familiar watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations reveal the variety of creatures that live there. The pictures also nicely convey the feeling of sinking ever deeper into the ocean. A final double-page spread provides a helpful time line of the history of diving. The book ends with a selection of ocean trivia, accompanied by small illustrations. A good introduction to the subject for the middle-grader. --Lauren Peterson


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3Told as the story of one dive, this title begins, A large ship has reached its destination far out to sea. Readers are then taken from the mother ship to a submersible, a small vessel that can measure, videotape, and collect samples, and down on a four-hour trip through three ocean levels. The shades of blue darken page by page as the vessel descends through each zone. The regions are succinctly described and illustrated with labeled drawings of animals representative of each level. The artwork practically tells the story, accompanying the narrative exactly. The crew includes men and women, but the submersible is the star of this book. It is drawn in cross section, showing how it utilizes its many and varied tools to illuminate, film, and/or gather marine samples. Especially effective is the contrast of its vivid yellow light shining against the black background of the ocean. A two-page chronology of significant events in the history of diving is included as is a look into the future. Other intriguing facts may well inspire young readers to learn more about the subject.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.