Ocean Survival—Extreme Habitats
By Susie Hodge
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Verdana Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Gareth Stevens Publishing)
Genre: Science, Geography, Children's NonFiction
Reviewed by Anna Dogole - August 19, 2010
Ocean Survival is one of the four books in the Extreme Habitats series that introduces readers to some of the more extreme environments of the world, along with information on the peoples, animals, and flora that inhabit these regions. As well, these books provide tips and advice on what you can do to survive in these environments. The four 'extreme' regions covered in this series are the mountains, the polar regions, the deserts, and the oceans.
This review focuses on the book covering ocean survival. It was written by Susie Hodge in consultation with Jean-luc Solandt of the Marine Conservation Society. The book is geared toward readers in grades 4-6, however readers of all ages will find the information presented in this and its companion books to be of great interest.
Well illustrated, this informative book describes what an ocean is, and the importance of the world's oceans to the world's ecosystem. This book examines the world's largest oceans and its coldest. It also discusses some of the more unusual animals that can be found in the ocean depths such as the fangtooth and viper fishes, and some of the largest including whales, giant squids, and whale sharks. Also covered are the various methods that mankind has found to study the oceans, and how we use them. This book also includes several 'fact files' that provide addition information on subjects such as ocean plants and animals, as well as on the various people who live near the ocean and earn their livelihood from their bounty. Most important, this book also includes information on the various dangers posed by the numerous pollutants such as oil, pesticides, sewage, and garbage that all too often find their way into the ocean ecosystems.
Ocean Survival is a thoroughly interesting and informative book. It is brief in nature, with the information presented in short, bite-sized segments that will encourage reluctant readers to read this book. It is also the type of book that will encourage readers to share the information they garner from it other. Be prepared for a lot of "Did you know..." quips from those that have read it. While it does not attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject matter, it does provide a solid foundation which readers can use to expand their 'ocean' knowledge. To aid those that wish to learn more about the world's oceans, the author has included a brief selection of books and websites that will help readers learn more about this fascinating subject.
Ocean Survival is a perfect book for use in both home and school settings, and it can be used effectively in elementary school level science, geography, and social study classes.
Ocean Survival— Extreme Habitats is available from ReadHowYouWant, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.