Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed The Seas

     Authors: Molly Bang, Penny Chisholm
     Illustrator: Molly Bang
     Publisher: The Blue Sky Press, 2012

              Please excuse the quality of my photo. This book is amazing!! 

Ocean Sunlight explores interdependence in nature with a special focus on the ocean. It is 
my new favorite beach book just as summer is coming to an end.... I can't wait to share this book with my four year old nephew (Happy Birthday Zman!), and my fifth graders. Zman is going to love it because the pictures are bright, colorful, and offer a lot of ocean animal conversations. The text is simple enough that it will keep his attention now and at the same time complex enough to be a book we will pull out for years. This book is also perfect for students who must be able to differentiate phytoplankton and zooplankton, explain the food chain as it relates to the sun, explore animal adaptations, is curious, and the list could continue. But really, I expect that marine snow will be a most popular feature and the start of a gigglefest gross out. What nephew doesn't like to get away with a word on the "banned" list? What kid doesn't love for the teacher to say the word "poop"? 

Thank you Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm!! Sometimes these things are hard to explain/connect and now it will be a breeze to kickstart these discussions. The Notes About This Book pages are like the whip cream and cherry on top of the sundae. My favorite lines: "These notes are just a beginning... [we] challenge you to keep exploring"  (unp.)

Visit Molly Bang's (linked here) page for a book description and the back story of this collaboration. I also plan to investigate the previously published related titles. My Light by Molly Bang explores the suns connection to electricity. Living Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm explores the role of the sun to land creatures. And did you notice the a Teacher's Guide free downloadable teacher's guide available on the webpage? Now, we just need one for Ocean Sunlight and to have these as ebooks. Meanwhile, I will share this interview by Horn Book's Lolly Robinson on July 5, 2012 (linked here) with readers while I wait. I can hardly contain my wishful thinking. Let the school year begin with a dive into this book!

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