The World of Ocean Animals
Series of 10 titles
The World of Ocean Animals presents a high-interest STEM introduction to our oceans’ mammals, detailing which oceans each species inhabits and its appearance, diet, life cycle, and behaviors. Vivid and engaging full-color photographs complement the text and show how these animals live and survive in the ocean. Two Take a Look! infographics in each title highlight and label each mammal’s range and habitat as well as its anatomy. Each title also includes sidebars, a glossary, a table of contents, an index, and a STEM activity.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||I|
|Features||Glossary of key words, Informative sidebars, and Teaching guides|
The World of Ocean Animals - Reviewed by School Library Journal
General information, fun facts, and well-chosen photos introduce animals from ocean habitats. A few sentences per page describe physical characteristics, usually in relation to how those affect behaviors. The beluga’s coloring and neck flexibility, for example, are described in terms of how these features aid its survival (Beluga Whales). Feeding habits, predators, and birth are also covered. Photographs support the facts effectively, showing the animals in their ocean environments, with well-chosen close-ups and useful captions. All images are full page or larger. Other useful visuals include a diagram identifying key body parts and a range map. Varieties within a family are noted in the text when needed in Sea Lions, Dolphins, and Manatees; several books encompass just a single species respectively. VERDICT Excellent introductions to marine creatures.