As soon as we brought this book home from the library last week, I knew that I wanted to share it here. But I wasn't quite sure how to categorize it in the bookshop for you all. Ocean isn't a read-aloud per se, although we have certainly been reading certain sections of it as a family. Indeed, particularly for the smaller set, this is more of a browsing book. And, a beautiful one at that. In the end, I decided to let it live with the Kitchen Table Science books that I've been adding to the bookshop over the last couple of weeks.
Ocean: The World's Last Wilderness Revealed is what many people might call a coffee table book. A beautiful assemblage of photographs and factual information about the oceans of the world, Ocean covers everything from the creatures that dwell beneath the surface to the relationships that people have cultivated with their waters and beaches around the world. There are whales, sharks, jellyfish and various things that I have never heard of and honestly, hope never to meet. Mariam finds the book fascinating and over the last week she has spent hours flipping through the pages while nested on the couch. This book very nearly came between us and homework completion last week.
Ocean is a hefty volume, and not inexpensive. It is something special, after all. So, I'd encourage you to make a library trip for this one. It has been around for a few years, but is still relatively recent, so it should be widely available. Both myself and the resident little person around here highly recommend it.