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Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, The

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson

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published: Apr 2012
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publisher: Kids Can Press
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Based on the idea that knowledge is power, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea shows how the ocean works and why this immense ecosystem needs our protection. Experiments using everyday materials help explain scientific concepts, such as why the ocean is salty, how temperature affects water density and why fish don't get waterlogged.

A focus on pollution and other ecological hazards raises awareness. Young scientists will gain a hands-on understanding of how “booms” clean oil spills and how a garbage patch roughly twice the size of Texas came to exist in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Newsy sidebars bring readers up to date on efforts to combat environmental hazards --- such as the use of oysters to help squelch pollution in urban waterways. An ideal tool for classroom use or the perfect way to spend a rainy day, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea is an essential part of any science library.

About the Authors

Helaine Becker

HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House that Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at www.helainebecker.com.
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Willow Dawson is an award-winning author and illustrator originally from Vancouver, B.C. Her last name means "son of the daw," which is short for jackdaw, a type of blackbird. Willow's books include The Wolf-Birds, Avis Dolphin, Hyena in Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, Lila and Ecco's DIY Comics Club, and No Girls Allowed. Dawson also visits schools and libraries regularly and teaches "Creating Comics and Graphic Novels" at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto, ON with her partner and their two children.
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Contributor Notes

Helaine Becker is an award-winning children's author. She has written over seventy books, including the #1 Canadian National Bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Willow Dawson is an illustrator and writer working out of Toronto, Ontario. Her recent work includes No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure and Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation
  • Winner, Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association
Editorial Reviews

The sheer breadth of information presented here and its appealing format make this an invaluable resource, especially when accompanied by a knowledgeable adult to guide and correct.—Kirkus Reviews


... Becker encourages readers to learn about the ocean and to take action on behalf of Earth's "Big Blue Sea."—Booklist


Photographs, illustrations, sidebars, and charts combine a playful spirit with valuable insight into ocean health.—Publishers Weekly


Approachable and useful.—School Library Journal

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The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

Author Helaine Becker discusses the many ways the ocean is changing and how those transformations will affect life in the ocean and on land. She looks at the creatures that live in the oceans and what people are doing to protect these bodies of water. The games and experiments allow children to roll up their sleeves and get wet as they learn what they can do to help protect the Earth’s oceans.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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