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Bill Nye the science guy's big blue ocean
Nye, Bill.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.7 4 Quiz: 22501 Guided reading level: NR.
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GC21.5 .N94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GC21.5 .N94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GC21.5 .N94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GC21.5 .N94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GC21.5 .N94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fascinating facts like these and more make Bill Nye the Science Guy's RM Big Blue Ocean a compelling and essential read. The book starts with such basics as What Makes a Fish a Fish? and then moves on to explore the food chain, the role of salt, and even more complex concepts such as plate tectonics. Every topic is explained in an accessible way, with a signature Bill Nye experiment to reinforce each lesson.With a hip design that includes colorful art and cool photos, this book is a fun and unique way to learn about the most essential part of our world -- the ocean.

Author Notes

William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television host, writer and scientist. He was born on November 27, 1955 in Washington, D. C. He graduated from Sidwell Friends School in 1973 and went on to attend Cornell University, where he took an astronomy class taught by Carl Sagan. Nye graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1977.

He began his career at Boeing, where among his other roles, he starred in training films. His start in professional entertainment came as a writer/actor on a local sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Washington, called Almost Live! His main recurring role was as "The Science Guy" and consisted of his performing scientific demonstrations. He then appeared in live-action segments of Back to the Future: The Animated Series, during which he again demonstrated science. The segments' national popularity led to his hosting an educational program, Bill Nye the Science Guy, from 1993 to 1998. In addition to hosting, he was a writer and producer on the show.

Nye wrote numerous books as "The Science Guy", including: Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs, Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Dinosaur Dig, Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blue Ocean Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blast of Science, and Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem.

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation is his most recent work.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Scientist and television personality Nye introduces young readers to the amazing, sometimes mysterious biome that covers nearly three-quarters of the earth's surface. He discusses marine animals and plants, salinity, currents, tides, the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis, and contemporary methods of exploration. Each chapter includes several illustrations, mostly in full color, as well as photographs, numerous sidebars, and an experiment designed to demonstrate a scientific principle. Most of the experiments are easily duplicated, use readily accessible materials, and can be performed without adult help. Specialized vocabulary is defined within the text, and the table of contents is fairly extensive. An attractive choice for classroom science lessons, this may also appeal to browsers. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Adapting a print format to fit the somewhat shotgun approach of TV, "The Science Guy" stars in his own book on our planetary ocean, its landscapes, and denizens. Sound bites of data and random factoids abound in the rather shallow waters here, skittering about like a school of tiny bait fish pursued by a predator and leaving bright, disconnected flashes of information briefly impressed on the mental retina. For example, in the chapter on "Sea Jellies" readers encounter a short paragraph on these glutinous creatures, a boxed sidebar defining "invertebrates," another one on cephalopods, a "Check It Out" caption on sea cucumbers, and another brief paragraph on sea stars. These three pages (which also include two large and three small illustrations, a decorative border, a chapter heading, and liberal amounts of white space) are concluded by an experiment. Promising in its format and written by a familiar face that pops up on PBS daily, this title is eye-catching and appealing. It makes its subject look like fun. But does it offer a real learning experience? Sometimes.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introducing the Big, Wide Ocean!p. 4
Try This: Find out how much of the Earth's surface is covered with waterp. 7
What Makes a Fish a Fish?p. 8
Try This: See the gases in water that fish need to breathep. 11
Sea Jellies: Animals Formerly Known as Jellyfishp. 12
Try This: Defend yourself like a squidp. 15
It's a Jungle Down There!p. 16
Try This: Test how far away you could smell if you were a sharkp. 17
Sea Plantsp. 18
Try This: Eat a meal like a whalep. 21
Reef Sweet Reefp. 22
Try This: Simulate how sunlight affects coral reefsp. 23
The Ocean Holds the Salt!p. 24
Try This: Find out how salt gets into the oceanp. 27
Amazing Ocean Currentsp. 28
Try This: Make your own thermohaline currentp. 31
Tides Come from Outer Spacep. 32
Try This: Recreate low tide and high tidep. 35
Mysteries of the Deepp. 36
Try This: See how the Sun affects the oceanp. 39
How the Earth Rocks and Rollsp. 40
Try This: Make a tsunami in your bathtubp. 41
The Ocean and Youp. 42
Try This: See how divers avoid getting "the bends"p. 45
People Affect the Oceanp. 46
You Can Make a Difference!p. 48