Friday, February 5, 2021

Fact Friday: Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman

Happy Friday! We made it! Another week of hybrid and virtual learning in the books! And what a week it was with all the snow!

Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman, with photographs by Annie Crawley. 64 p. Millbrook Press/ Lerner Publishing, March 2, 2021. (Review of e-book. Accessed courtesy of author.)

Fact Friday features Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman, with photographs by Annie Crawley. Ms. Newman's and Ms. Crawley's names should be familiar to my eighth graders. Plastic Ahoy! was the mentor text in the grade seven Digital Media Literacy cycle last year. 

Both women are dedicated conservationists. Ms. Newman's accesible, engaging writing paired with Ms. Crawley's stunning photography are a powerful combo. The photos are beyond spectacular and there are QR codes throughout the book that are linked to phenomenal videos that add depth to the reading experience. Readers will "travel" to three oceans with Ms. Crawley, a diving instructor as well as accomplished photographer/ film maker. She's inspiring a new generation of stewards of the ocean.

Visit the Coral Triangle near Indonesia, the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest, and the Arctic Ocean to learn about how climate change, ocean acidification and plastic pollution affects everyone, not just marine wildlife and those living near the coasts.

Back matter includes notes from the author and photographer, a glossary, source notes and suggestions for further reading. It's sure to please budding environmentalist and inspire a new generation of activists. Planet Ocean will be released on March 2. It is definitely becoming part of TMS library's collection whenever the library reopens. 

Consider this a first-purchase! Your conservation collection wouldn't be complete with out Planet Ocean. I can't wait to reread the physical book. Lerner's books are always pleasingly designed. 

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