Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean

Millbrook. Mar. 2021. 64p. Tr $31.99. ISBN 9781541581210.
Gr 5-8–This short chapter book begins with the important fact that the Earth is comprised of 70% water and only 30% landmass, so a healthy ocean is crucial for the entire well-being of the planet. Three chapters focus on the effects of climate change on the ocean in specific areas such as coral cities in the southern Pacific Ocean, the Salish Sea in the northwest United States bordering Canada, and the Arctic region. All are teetering on the edge of environmental disaster that threatens not only the land, but the health, well-being, and livelihood of the people who live there. The chapters are written in easy-to-understand language and include beautiful photographs taken by professional diver Crawley. “In Their Own Words sections highlight the contributions of individuals (including youth activists) who are working to prevent further environmental damage in each area. Younger readers will appreciate colorful illustrations that provide visual descriptions of more advanced concepts, such as ocean acidification. The final chapter aims to inspire readers to take their own small steps to save “planet ocean” with a list titled “Go Blue with Annie.” A short glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and recommended reading round out this lovely, informative title.
VERDICT Readers who love the ocean and who are interested in diving will enjoy Crawley’s descriptions of the equipment and skills needed in the sport. Libraries looking for newer titles on climate change will want to consider this one.

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