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[[ epub pdf ]] Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the SeaAuthor Steve Jenkins –

Caldecott Honor Winning Steve Jenkins Provides A Top To Bottom Look At The Ocean, From Birds And Waves To Thermal Vents And OozeHalf The Earth S Surface Is Covered By Water Than A Mile Deep, But Most Of This Watery World Is A Mystery To Us In Fact, People Have Stood On The Surface Of The Moon Than Have Visited The Deepest Spot In The OceanCome Along As We Traveldown,down,down,from The Surface To The Bottom Of The SeaAlong The Way You Can See Jellyfish That Flash Like A Neon Sign, Creatures With Teeth So Big, They Can T Close Their Mouths, And Even A Squid As Long As A Bus, Which Battles To The Death With A Sperm Whale, The Largest Predator On EarthIt Ll Be A Journey You Won T Soon Forget

10 thoughts on “Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

  1. says:

    Down, Down, Down A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins, truly is a superlative marriage of text and image I would go so far as to call it a perfect or nearly perfect example of what a successful non fiction picture book should encompass Featuring an informative narrative, although elaborate and textually dense, this book still manages to be both engaging and descriptive, with brightly colourful, realistic cut paper collage illustrations providing a visually stunning mirror of the narrative, both complementing and at times even expanding on the textual information, the details presented.The voyage down, down, down into the abyss, through the different levels of the Pacific Ocean specifically the Marianas Trench, the Challenger Deep, at 35, 838 feet or 10, 923 meters the deepest spot in the world s oceans both reads and feels like an informative travel log, a voyage in a submarine through different ocean strata, past predators and prey all described and depicted in minute, but always engaging and informatively interesting detail And while I would generally consider Down, Down, Down of a book for older children even teenagers and adults would likely find the information presented intriguing and absorbing , I do think that younger children would also enjoy poring over, perusing the intricate, realistically detailed illustrations although with a caveat that very sensitive children might find some of the bizarre denizens of the ocean deep creepy and perhaps even possibly frightening This would be a wonderful addition to any bookshelf and is suitable for both at home and in class study and use The excellent supplemental information at the back, as well as the small, but up to date bibliography, increase both the teaching and learning possibilities of this superb gem of a picture book, allowing for discussions, research projects, in class presentations Highly, highly recommended.

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    Down down down is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, educational educational educational, and absorbing absorbing absorbing.This is an excellent science book for seven to eleven year olds, and the beautiful pictures and much of the information can also be appreciated by much younger children too This isn t the first time I ve read that the ocean depths is the least explored place on earth, even less so than on the moon s surface, but it does a great job with its pictures and text of making that clear.This is one of those books that make science fun, even for those who think they re disinterested in this topic.Some of the photos and information may be too scary for younger fearful children, but I think that most kids will love this book.

  3. says:

    This is a wonderful book about the ocean I love that Steve Jenkins spends a lot of time explaining about the creatures of the deep, since the ones who live at the surface already have a lot of exposure in so many other books I also like that he explains that the ocean s depths truly are the last unexplored frontier on earth, since so few people have gone to the deepest places We saw so many creatures we d never heard of before and I loved that he put the ocean s depth into perspective with the depth chart on each page The mixed media illustrations provided such interesting detail and texture that we really paused to look at each page carefully I loved the amplified information provided at the end of the book and it would certainly be useful for research Our girls only wanted to learn about a few of the creatures, so I read the majority of that section on my own They were surprised at the scale of some of the creatures and it was helpful to see the silhouette of a hand or a human sized against the various animals Overall, it s a terrific book to read aloud and we really enjoyed reading it together We will certainly look for of his books at our local library This story was selected as one of the books for the September 2012 Ecosystems reads at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads.

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    This has GOT to win a Sibert Award next January What an outstanding look at the types of animals that live at different depths in the ocean I like the way he s arranged each page with his stunning cut paper illustrations of the creatures and then, on the side, a chart indicating what depth these creatures live at, and the amount of light and temperature there At the end of the book, information is given about each creature, and another nifty feature each animal is compared in size to either a human hand or a human body Outstanding A depth chart of how far down people and various types of underwater vehicles can go was also provided Fascinating Highly recommended

  5. says:

    I am so impressed with this book Steve Jenkins has created an absolutely marvelous book about the various zones of the sea specifically the Pacific Ocean from the surface of the waters to the lowest point on earth nearly 36,000 feet 11,000 meters below in the Marianas Trench Jenkins invites readers on a journey and together we go down, down, down learning about the different depths, light availability, pressure, and creatures that live in those conditions It is still mind boggling to me that people have been on the moon than have been to the deepest point in the oceans humans only visited the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench once in 1960 Most of the information was not new to me as I am a big fan of the ocean and have seen several documentaries Yet that makes me applaud Jenkins even because I am just amazed he was able to describe as much as he did, in such brevity and clarity, making it accessible to young readers I think this is a book that could be enjoyed on multiple levels Little ones might enjoy simply looking through the illustrations, being told the names of the creatures warning a few of the creatures might frighten sensitive children Slightly older children could enjoy a read aloud from Jenkins text and perhaps some assistance figuring out the rather abstract concept of the changing depths For very enthusiastic children or the slightly older picture book crowd, the back matter provides information about each creature shown in the text as well as a helpful scale model comparing the creatures to either an adult human s body or hand size Lots of great information here When children finish this book, if they are interested in about the oceans they may enjoy watching the Blue Planet series to see some of these creatures in real oceans I m trying to remember an age guideline for the documentary I know there is some hunter prey stuff and sharks, etc that might frighten young children but also some very lovely scenes so I just recommend parental guidance.

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    When I was young, I wanted to be either a marine biologist or an astronaut Alas, I spend my time looking at picture books or reading sci fi Girls you can be these things and there are tutors to help with those subjects you find difficult Or go to the library and ask for books to help you Don t be the one looking at the pictures and wishing I LOVED the pictures in this book Well done, dark and sometimes scary illustrations of beasts found where one wouldn t think life could exist Life finds a way Humans may not be able to withstand the pressures or the heat, but other beings have found that sulfur is edible A good thing these beings exist to clean up after the surface dwellers and keep the ocean healthy for others I think it is grand that where no light penetrates, the animals bring their own What evolutionary changes would humans bring if they had to live at those depths Okay, the book sent me on my own sci fi But I think that is what good science books should do Keep us asking questions.The only thing I didn t like about the book was the fine print The font throughout was so small I could only handle it in small doses And though this would have been a favorite bedtime read for my kids and I so long ago, I can t imagine getting past the pictures My children wouldn t have wanted to read the words as they had the same tracking problems I have had all my life I would have had to read it to them If you have something important to say beyond illustrations why make a person find a magnifying glass to read it In the same section in the back, I found the comparison charts to be fascinating The size of a human compared to the giant squid or sperm whale absolutely intimidating, and AWESOME I swam with leopard sharks and manta rays once at Marineland and have pet dolphins But to swim with a whale must be the most exciting thing one could ever do Thank you, Cheryl, for introducing me to this book I am so sad I have to let it go back to the library These kinds of books were favorites in my house when I had little ones.

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    I have yet to read a book by Jenkins that wasn t impressive I love his work This nonfiction book explores the depths of the ocean Each page has a line to show you from the surface to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, with your current location marked with a dot and the depth listed on this line So you can visually see how deep you are going Then he includes several animals that reside at each depth, tells you about the light or lack of light , the water pressure and a little about how scientists have traveled to these depths Great information and great illustrations make this an interesting and engaging read The wonderful notes at the end provide information about the animals described on each page There were many animals that I d never heard of, and I learned several interesting facts about animals that I did know about For example, I had no idea that the sperm whale will dive so deep to catch a giant squid or that it can hold its breath for up to two hours.My 7 and 9 year old daughters both really enjoyed reading and listening to this book and read about many of the animals in the end notes I am a huge fan of Jenkins He never disappoints.

  8. says:

    This book seems rather like typical nonfiction fare, but, my 6 year old found it very engaging, so I have to agree Now, my just turned 6 year old is no genius, just a regular kid We are working on reading and today she struggled quite a bit with the word they Could not get the word they However, she blurted out Siphonophore after we d glanced at the page for just a few seconds I had no idea what she was talking about and she pointed the word out to me If someone could please explain to me why my kid couldn t figure out the word THEY even after I read it for her several times and even after she had just read it herself, but, could read Siphonophore on her first attempt, I would feel a LOT less crazy

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    This book takes the reader on a journey from the ocean s surface down to the deepest spot on earth, and introduces some of the creatures that live in each range of depth And it is gorgeous illustrated with cut and torn paper collage At first, the pictures show the sunlit surface of the Pacific did you know that there s a flying squid I didn t, but I d be way happier encountering one of those than a leaping great white shark But soon the background color goes from shades of blue to midnight blue to black, as sunlight can only penetrate to about 660 feet Then we start to get the weird animals vampire squid, siphonophores, pram bugs, and those angler fish with the little glowing lures they use to attract prey Nemo, no Going even deeper, it s hard to believe anything can live as deep as 13,000 feet, where there are hydrothermal vents, but vent crabs and octopi, giant tube worms and flat fish all live there There are even creatures that live in the Marianas Trench, lower than 35,000 feet Humans have visited only once, for 20 minutes, in the research vessel Trieste And that is as low as you can go, seven miles beneath the surface.I like the bar graph along the side of each two page spread that shows you how deep down you ve gone, and how dark it is At the end of the book, there is information on each of the creatures pictured Did you know that despite the oarfish s dragonlike appearance it can grow up to 36 feet long , it eats mostly plankton, small fish, and jellyfish Next to each entry, scale is provided with either a picture of a hand or a man next to silhouettes of the creatures in question Viewed from space, the earth looks like a watery blue ball Oceans cover than two thirds of the globe s surface, and well over half the planet lies beneath water than a mile 1 1 2 kilometers deep We have only explored a small fraction of the oceans In fact, humans have walked on the moon than have visited the deepest spot in the sea.Recommended for young folks interested in exploring the ocean, and anyone who loves beautiful book illustration.

  10. says:

    Steve Jenkins takes readers down into the ocean and surveys which creatures live in which layers beneath the water The informative text is accompanied by brightly colored art in Jenkins typical paper collage style.Things I liked the measuring rod on the side of each page to show the depth, the colorful illustrations, the informative text which is written at a middle school level , and the extra information in the back with info on each item.The science teacher in me wished he d used the technical names for the different levels so it could even be used at the high school level, because this would make teaching ocean biomes much easier as students could visualize the typical organisms with the depth It still could definitely be used in that unit, you d just have to attach benthic and other technical terms to the right depths But that could make for a good accompanying activity I did find some of the information on the very low level creatures interesting It would say things like size ranges from 8 12 inches, but really humans haven t observed enough of them to know what the range is Jenkins does admit for the very lowest level that we aren t really sure what is typical because we ve had so few opportunities to gather observations of those creatures, but that admission should have extended for a few pages above that I think.A good non fiction picture book resource for the science classroom, or just for animal lovers The text is at a higher than normal reading level than is typical for picture books, so don t get this for a younger kid and expect them to be able to read it to themselves easily.