Tuesday, July 30, 2019

My First Fact File Oceans

My First Fact File Oceans is part of a series of short fact and exercise books aimed at younger children (K-2+). Released 23rd July 2019 by Quarto on their Ivy Kids imprint, it's 48 pages and available in paperback format.

Very well done book, and an interesting and worthwhile series. I've been touting STE(A)M education for decades. This book is engaging and colorful. Facts are presented in context with color gouache paintings on each double page. Relevant information is presented in sidebars. The included STEAM activities are also presented in sidebars at the bottom of the pages. Possibly worth noting, the book uses British spellings: 'mould', 'washing up', etc. The instances are few, and clear in context, so it's not a problem, but probably worthy of comment in a review.

Chapters are short and cover ocean geography,  oceanography, different habitats, exploration, food chains, ecology, conservation, and much more. The art style is unpretentious and appealing (see cover).

This would make a great bedtime read or a reading circle or classroom read for young readers, and the series would be great as a part of the homeschool library.  There's a short alphabetical glossary included at the end.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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