How Tiny Plants Feed The Seas
Author: Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
Illustrator: Molly Bang
BUY – Ocean Sunlight
Ocean Sunlight is an enchanting educational book which covers complicated topics in a fun and exciting way, which children can absorb through the clear informative text and the marvellous energised illustrations.
It moves forward without getting too technical and yet delivers complex information about ocean eco systems.
Wearing our microscopic lens we see into the exotic world of zooplankton and phytoplankton with their primitive swimming appendages and transparent exoskeletons.
Deep sea fish glow with electric light down in the black depths of the page…their mesmerising lights luring unsuspecting sea life closer.
The cycle of blue water and green plants is the heartbeat of all life on the planet. We discover that 50% of our oxygen comes from the humble phytoplankton. We are all connected, we are all a part of the dynamic dance of life.
Co-authored by award-winning M.I.T. Professor Penny Chisholm, a leading expert on ocean science, this insightful book is packed with clear, simple science.
“Ocean Sunlight tells how Procholorcoccus, and all the other tiny one-celled phytoplankton in the sea catch the sun’s energy and pass it on to all the marine animals. It tells how these same plants give us the oxygen we need for our own lives on Earth.”
” Penny’s goal was to cover topics that are not usually included in children’s books but that she felt were fundamentals for everyone (not just children) to understand.”
Acclaimed Caldecott artist Molly Bang’s dazzling illustrations introduce us to both the tiny aquatic plants and the ocean giants like the whale fish.
The pictures cleverly contain many visual representations of abstract ideas, like the yellow outlines around plants and animals which represent the absorption of energy.
Light is painted as waves of separate yellow polka dots to communicate the concept that the sun’s energy is both waves and individual packets of energy or photons.
Understanding the astonishing balance of life through food chains and ecosystem life cycles, gives our children the tools they need to engage and sustain our precious natural environments.
This engrossing book will definitely inspire repeat reading.
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- Age Range: 4 – 8 years
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: The Blue Sky Press
- Publication Date: May 1, 2012
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545273226
- ISBN-13: 978-0545273220
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
Molly Bang is an award winning children’s book illustrator and author.
“In the past 10 or 15 years, I have become more concerned about American children’s lack of knowledge about even the most basic scientific principles, and I’ve written four books about science in an attempt to help change this.”