Animal Planet: Ocean Animals Review
Published by Time, Inc. (who also put out Discovery Spaceopedia which was a hit in this household!) Animal Planet’s Ocean Animals, part of the new Animal Bites series, is a beautiful, informative book. The photographs were so sharp and vividly colored that, aided by well-done formatting, some of the creatures looked like they could swim right off the page, and the information contained within is kept at a very simple, easy to understand level for young children.
I loved the fact that they tried hard to relate the facts in a way kids could understand. Instead of just saying something was 12 or so feet long, for example, they would also note for the kids “That’s as long as two daddies.” While their Just like me bits could be a little corny/bit of a stretch at times, I could see what they were intending to do, and for the most part I think they succeeded.
I read it first before showing it to my six year old, and she was as fascinated as I was. (I don’t know what that says about my ability to be enchanted by kids books…) She loved the pictures.. Her favorite parts were learning about the “daddies who take care of their babies”, as well as learning how fast some of the animals could go.
Overall the book is well-put together with lots of information, but put together in a way that doesn’t overwhelm. Instead it invites child to come back time and again to look at it and discover things they might have missed the first time. It also contains a glossary, index, and places to go to see some of the ocean animals in the back.
Title: Animal Planet Ocean Animals | Series: Animal Bites | Author: Animal Planet, Laaren Brown | Publisher: Time, Inc | Pub Date: 2016-3-1 | Pages: 80 | ISBN13: 9781618931627 | Genre: Children’s Nonfiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2016-1-5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.