A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue


A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue is massive and informed by having ‘lived in the oceans for more than 100 million years’.

We’re reminded that Earth is the only planet with liquid water, and that it is bubbling with life. Thereafter, we explore and compare the oceans and seas, including the life within each and the history and forms. We’re reminded that most of the worlds islands are included in the Pacific Ocean, for example. Meanwhile, the Arctic Ocean includes more that ‘200 different kinds of fish and the largest seabird colonies on Earth’

Yet, we travel further, to waves and winds and tides and currents, before examining the ‘four ocean zones’ to which life has adapted.

We examine areas of our oceans, from mangrove swamp to estuary, the ocean floor, to the wide open ocean.

A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue concludes by examining the current state of our oceans and our future, alongside recommendations for actions we can take to clean, recover and preserve.

Altogether, this is an outstanding book. Catherine Barr is a determined, exhaustive, thoroughly brilliantly researched writer. Meanwhile Brendan Kearney’s pictures illustrate the light and wonder of our mighty oceans. Bookwagon recommends A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue for reading and sharing at home, and school, too.

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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.



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