Marine Science for Kids Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

"The clear exposition is straightforward and logically organized, densely filled with information but pleasingly broken up by text boxes and photographs on almost every page."

Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth and provides plenty of opportunity for scientific exploration and investigation. The subtitle phrase “our watery world” is more apt than the title, as this comprehensive survey encompasses both fresh- and saltwater environments. With their complementary skills and experiences—animal care and science writing—this husband-and-wife team have produced a fact-filled introduction to the world of science knowledge about oceans, rivers, and lakes, accompanied by engaging hands-on activities that work well in both classroom and home environments to parallel formal lessons. An introductory chapter, “Getting to Know the Marine Environment,” is followed by chapters on coastal communities, the open sea, deep-sea diving, and freshwater bodies. Concluding chapters discuss the connections among and threats to these ecosystems as well as ways readers can make a difference, today and as they choose careers.

 

Each chapter includes cross-curricular activities ranging from arts and crafts and poetry to experiments and group games. The clear exposition is straightforward and logically organized, densely filled with information but pleasingly broken up by text boxes and photographs on almost every page. The material is accurate and up-to-date; the marine scientists profiled vary in sex and ethnicity. Sadly, the trade paper binding is not likely to stand up to repeated library use. Ideal for middle school classrooms and any marine science enthusiast. (glossary, resources, selected bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16) (March 2017)

 

School Library Journal

"This is an excellent example of how blending STEM fields can be done right."

 

Gr 5-7 –The Hestermanns’ newest title is a hands-on, in-depth look at marine science. Activities and photographs accompany each section of the text as the authors take readers deep underwater. Students witness the different types of aquatic environments through vivid pictures and discussions about the daily lives of animals in each region. The activities are accessible, and information on the levels of adult supervision required is provided. There are also sidebars on related careers tucked into each chapter showing the varied types of marine scientists. This is an excellent example of how blending STEM fields can be done right; crafts and material related to physics, mathematics, and chemistry are incorporated throughout. The organization of the text is effective, and the Hestermanns excel at describing the ecology of each location, from open seas to coastal regions. Most important, the authors explore the relationship between water and the wildlife that surrounds and relies on it. VERDICT A wonderful addition to marine biology sections for school or public libraries.–Lisa Bosarge, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore (March 2017)

 

Booklist

"Featuring a wealth of information, an accessible approach, and lots of related activities, this entry in the For Kids series offers a broad-ranging introduction to marine science."

 

Featuring a wealth of information, an accessible approach, and lots of related activities, this entry in the For Kids series offers a broad-ranging introduction to marine science. Following a time line of discoveries and events in the history of marine science, the opening chapter discusses topics like water’s unique properties and water movement, such as ocean currents, tides, and waves. Subsequent chapters examine salt- and freshwater environments and their specific ecosystems; diverse creatures, including squid, seabirds, and fish; research methods and exploration, including deep-sea expeditions; and conservation issues. Interspersed sidebars range from highlighting megalodon sharks or toxic algae to showcasing marine-specific careers, such as whale researcher or aquarium educator.

 

The 21 activities range from experiments, like measuring water density; to cross-curricular activities, like “Compose a Sea Creature Poem,” to crafts; such as folding an origami frog. While sometimes text-heavy, the scientific concepts are generally clearly conveyed, and the peppy commentary, factoids, and anecdotes enliven the proceedings. Whether explaining ocean acidification, coral-reef characteristics, or “What’s Special about a Cephalopod?” there’s much to inform and pique interests here. (March 2017)

 

School Library Connection (October 2017 issue)

“Part professional resource, part informative text, this book has something for everyone.” 

 

Part professional resource, part informative text, this book has something for everyone. Adults working with kids will appreciate the concise plans and materials lists for a variety of activities and projects. Ideas range from exploring animal adaptations by painting camouflage fish cut-outs to creating a mini tide pool model with clay organisms. Young readers will learn about underwater creatures like sharks, rays, whales, dolphins, and shore birds. They will also discover the environmental challenges facing marine environments and learn about what people can do to help.

 

Also included are short biographies of real-life marine scientists that share information about their careers. Endpapers provide additional resources, web links, a glossary and index. This would be a solid resource for schools as well as public libraries serving home-school populations.

Blogger Reviews, Press, & Buzz

Aquarium of the Pacific In Focus Blog: Writing Marine Science for Kids

Bless Their Hearts Mom: "Looking for a way to bring more education to your kid's Summer break, but in a fun way that gets them EXCITED? Then this is the book!" (Excerpted)  

Recreational Scholar: "There is a real lack of proper science books for elementary school in the homeschool arena. This one would work well for after schoolers as well. The projects are completely doable and as I gushed on Twitter- the first one is making a cookie earth. Yes, please." (Excerpted)

A Net in Time: "Geared for a variety of ages making this book a delight to use with multiple students." (Excerpted)

Lick Magazine Book of the Month — September 2017 (page 70)

Growing With Science Blog: "This is one of the fantastic Chicago Review Press books that combine great information with fun hands-on activities to reinforce learning. Throw in beautiful color photographs of awesome animals and mini-biographies of marine science professionals, and you have a treasure trove for middle grade readers." (Excerpted)

Mention in Gateways (Winter 17/18) - Brookfield Zoo's member magazine

 

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