The Ocean in Your Bathtub

HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062953360.
K-Gr 3–This picture book sparkles with a mix of basic and surprising information about oceans. Beginning with the request “Would you do me a favor? Check to see if there’s any salt water beneath you,” the text grabs readers’ curiosity with its friendly, inviting style and then provides the necessary information. The illustrations are a perfect match—amusing and informative, with some unexpected details. Fishman explains how oceans affect us—the role of the water cycle in providing fresh water, food, and oxygen; the impact of the ocean on everyday life; and the need to confront problems like climate change and pollution. While emphasizing the wondrous aspects of the ocean, Fishman also encourages readers to help keep the oceans healthy.
VERDICT A perfect combination of text and illustration invites young readers to learn more about our oceans. A fabulous find for science and social studies teachers, and young readers exploring nonfiction books.

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