NONFICTION

Ocean! Waves for All

Holt. (Our Universe). May 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250108098.
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Gr 1-2–This nonfiction title, the fourth in the series, is narrated by the ocean itself and contains kid-friendly facts. Ocean introduces himself as an Earth-loving dude, interested in helping youngsters learn more about his long life. He explains that he has been around for four billion years and that life began in his waters. He shares some records: Ocean is home to the biggest animal, the longest mountain range, and the largest living structure. But he wants people to get to know him better and to explore his secrets. He also wants his readers to know that some human behavior is impacting him and the creatures that inhabit his waters. The illustrations are brightly colored, and the personification of the ocean will appeal to young readers as they eagerly search for his face on each page. End pages contain extensive information and eco-friendly suggestions to take care of the oceans.
VERDICT An engaging introduction to the ocean that children will enjoy looking through more than once.

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