By Author / Illustrator
Caryl Hart, illus Bethan Woollvin
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Paperback / softback
SPLOOOOSH! We're off on an exciting underwater adventure in our submarine to meet the oceans and seas of our blue planet.Join in with the rhymes and get ready to spot all the smiley-faced, friendly oceans, from the Atlantic and deep Pacific to the sparkling Mediterranean. Little ones will have a whale of a time (and be back in time for bed!) in this striking, story-led picture book. This bold, bright follow-up to the acclaimed picture book Meet the Planets is packed with sea creatures from dolphins and beluga whales to turtles and manatees. The ocean is a vast treasure-house, threatened by plastic waste and pollution, and this picture book is the ideal introduction to the importance of caring for it. Combining STEM learning with a rhyming twist, it's perfect for all would-be explorers!
Meet the Oceans was an absolute 'must have' picture book after the joys of 'Meet the Planets' and it certainly excelled itself - it is equally as memorable and striking! Caryl Hart has so cleverly written this book as a non-fiction book in a narrative, characterful style, subtly teaching a whole host of facts about our waters. This time, we dive deep in a submarine to explore the blue waters of the oceans and seas as we are joined again by an adventurous, aspirational little girl with her trusty dog by her side.
We begin our bright, colourful, journey on the harbour side - a familiar setting for many children. Then our new journey begins where Bethan Woollvin's illustrations take us to places we have not visited or seen before. Something really magical about books is the ability to feel like you have experienced something in life once experiencing it in the closeness of a book - and this book certainly does gift us with that.
This picture book makes for a great read-aloud as we meet the eccentric, comical personalities of the seas and oceans. Each blue water is designed to be read with a different expressive voice making it a favourite to read-aloud. You're invited to 'chill out' and 'put up your feet' on the islands of the warm Caribbean sea whilst the Pacific oceans pleads in desperation for help as the growing pieces of plastic have been making the ocean sick.
This book is perfect for any underwater enthusiasts who want to explore the depths of the seas. As a highly educational picture book, this compliments the Key Stage One curriculum where children are directed to learn about the five oceans. The beauty of this book being about a girl who is interested in exploring the sea portrays a further positive message that pushes aside any stereotypes. This is a story designed to be enjoyed and revisited time and time again - and I intend to do just that!
Picture book / Reviewed by Jessica Bunney, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+