Synopsis From NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: Ultimate Oceanpedia (ages 7-10, $24.99) – Perfect for the ocean-obsessed, this book is the most complete ocean reference ever. Ultimate Oceanpedia is overflowing with amazing facts, photos, art and diagrams that take the reader on a journey through the ocean. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, turtles, sharks, fish, crustaceans, sponges — from the weird to the wonderful — they are all featured in breathtaking photographs with easy to read captions. Wild weather, underwater exploration and tips and pointers on how to help keep our oceans thriving round out this thick, keepsake volume.
My Take: The visual, ocean loving person in your life may not come up for air after opening this new book. Filled with more than 350 stunning photographs and accompanying text, it’s a guide you can put on your lap. You’ll learn and be amazed at the facts about our oceans.
A journey of this type may begin on any of the 270 plus pages, but I went the more traditional route and read it from cover to cover. First up for readers is a 50 page look at the four oceans making up the world along with the Antarctic Ocean, which many people consider the fifth. Each ocean is given a few pages of background where location and important facts are displayed. Next are pages devoted to the Wild Places and Wild Wonders from that particular ocean. A great start to set what’s in store.
Chapter 2 is the longest, as it should be. Here you’re face to face with ocean life, from the smallest microorganisms to the polar bears and penguins. In between are the jellyfish, sponges, mollusks, crustaceans, fish and every mammal who spend part of their life in the ocean. Hands down the best collection of facts on ocean life I’ve ever seen.
The remaining chapters are equally engrossing. Oceans in Motion clue you in on waves and current. Wild Weather of course talks about tropical storms and hurricanes but also delves into the timely topic of climate change. Underwater Exploration, Along the Coast, and When People and Oceans Meet have equally eye-popping photos and info. In the last pages you are treated to a talk with a few of experts studying our oceans.
This gorgeous addition to the bookshelf would make a perfect gift. It’s not only awe inspiring, but a source you can enjoy for years to come.
Now for even better news… If you missed last Monday’s post, I’m celebrating the holidays with two gift giveaways. Comment on any or all of the four posts from December 5-11 and receive an entry each time. At 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 11th, I’ll draw two names.
One person will receive their own hardback editions of (click on any of the titles for my previous review):
The second name drawn will receive their own hardback editions of:
Keep these for yourself or use them as gifts for the special person in your life. Good luck to all who enter. I’ll be back with more engaging new titles from National Geographic tomorrow and Sunday.
Enjoy your weekend. Have fun, relax, and READ!