Under the Ocean by Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler
The outstanding features of this non fiction picture book about creatures in and around New Zealand’s seas are the illustrations. Ned Barraud works for Weta Digital and his illustrations of fish, birds and mammals living in the sea around NZ are incredible. The octopus and the squid are amazing.
Gillian Candler backs up the illustrations with fascinating facts about the sealife and she organises it with an ecosystem approach. Floor dwellers, reef creatures, land and sea animals, deep sea creatures and open sea creatures. Attention is paid to food chains and ecological balance and some facts will astound you.
There are 1400 fish species, more penguin species than anywhere else in the world, the two most endangered dolphin species and you can tell the age of a fish by the number of growth rings on it’s ear bone. bet you never knew that.
Laid out brilliantly, great information. Essential in every school library as a starter for further investigation or an overall view.
Check out the other books in this series In the Garden and At the Beach.