A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue
Catherine Barr, illustrations by Brandon Kearney
(Laurence King)- hardback
Catherine Barr turns her expert gaze across the oceans in A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue. Initially, we are reminded why our oceans matter; from food, to the ‘carbon sink’ to balancing the ‘water cycle’.
Thereafter, we learn about differences between oceans on our Blue Planet and how each exists. For example, the Indian Ocean has fewer marine species because it is warmer. However, animal life within the Southern Ocean adapts to the ‘huge pressure’ of the weight of the water’, ‘low temperatures’ and a ‘level of darkness’ that makes it hard to find food.
We explore the formation of waves. We read how Trade Winds have been used ‘since the fifteenth century‘ by sailing ships seeking to be pushed across the Atlantic Ocean to America. Thereafter, we realise the threat of tsunamis. Yet, these facts are only a snapshot within an outstanding book of information that galvanises and confirms. It means that when we read about the estuaries and salt marshes about which many of us are familiar, we are inspired to take on some of the writer’s recommendations. These include seeking out species such as dragonflies or horseshoe crabs. What’s more, the information about coral reefs is as relevant to us, as it might be to someone living closer to the The Great Barrier Reef
Bookwagon is awed and inspired by A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue. We recommend this title for reading alone, sharing and then for schools too. It is superb.