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Ocean: A Visual Miscellany, by Ricardo Henriques | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | April 5, 2019

Ocean- A Visual MiscellanyOcean: A Visual Miscellany

Written by Ricardo Henriques

Illustrated by André Letria

Age Range: 8-12

Publisher: Chronicle Books (2018)

ISBN: 978-1-452-155265

What to Expect: History, Biology, Geology, Interactive

Oceans cover most of the surface of our planet, so it is not surprising that there is an overwhelming amount to learn about them.  From the science that helps us understand them to the impact that they have on our everyday lives, human beings simply would not exist without oceans.  Oceans: A Visual Miscellany sets out to introduce readers to the many secrets hidden beneath the opaque surface of the ocean, delving into the science, history, and culture of these watery worlds.

As promised in the title, Oceans is a visual miscellany, combining a wealth of highly detailed factual information with beautiful illustrative images.  Rendered entirely in soothing shades of blue, gray, black and white, the illustrations remind me of the vintage “ships” wallpaper I once had on my bedroom wall as a child – or of the old-fashioned 1970s hand-drawn children’s encyclopedia illustrations.  They help readers to understand a wealth of factual detail, from the different parts of a ship, to the impact of the moon on tides and waves, and the host of strange creatures who dwell in the ocean.  The volume also contains activities inviting young readers to experience the science hands-on, such as creating home-made ice-bergs, or waves in a plastic bottle.  I also love the end-papers, printed with the many MANY names of different oceans and seas around the world.  Beautifully designed and produced, this book would be equally wonderful as an educational tool or as a gift.

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About the Author

Ricardo Henriques is a Portuguese writer who inherited the taste for drawing from his father and the joy of writing from his mother. He is the editor of two magazines, one for adults and another for children.

About the Illustrator

André Letria is a Portuguese illustrator. He has worked as a book and newspaper illustrator as well as a set designer for both theater and animation. His books include If I Were a Book, also published by Chronicle Books.

Ocean: A Visual Miscellany, written by Ricardo Henriques and illustrated by André Letria, was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like Ocean: A Visual Miscellany by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , , , and .

Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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