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The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A fascinating look at the future of our oceans and how human actions may change them.

The Earth our home is covered mostly with water: the wide, deep, salty, and very blue ocean. It regulates our climate in a way that makes life as we know it possible. This huge ocean is full of an amazing amount of life, most of which is too small to see.
But life in the ocean is in trou
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Bryn Barnard's absolute brilliant The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea is definitely both massively depressing and indeed also to and for me on a personal and emotional level angrily infuriating, but it is nevertheless an essential and most important non fiction book that really and truly does need to be be required reading for not only ALL school aged children, period (actually more children above the age of nine or so, as while the text of The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Chan ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
The ocean is changing, the changes are serious, and it matters. THE NEW OCEAN doesn't sugarcoat the effects of pollution, overfishing, and climate change, but it isn't all doom and gloom either. Instead, the author harnesses kids' natural energy and optimism and strives to inform and empower them, something all eco-awareness literature needs to do.

While most authors talk about energy use and littering, I am so glad the author was brave enough to "go there" and talk dietary issues, too. The huge
Striking oil on canvas illustrations complement informative text that is shocking and eye-opening in many ways. While many experts talk about global warming and the effects it is likely to have on coastlines and coastal cities, few have actually imagined the changes that may occur in the oceans and how that change--warmer temperatures, more pollution, and empty of life in some areas--may affect six marine species. By looking ahead at the fate of jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and b ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nkyclear
Although this text includes a wealth of valuable information, its inability to appeal to its intended audience may ensure that it does not get the attention it deserves. The picture book size and format will cause many students in grades 4-6 to shy away from considering the book as a serious resource. Unlike many current nonfiction texts, this book features paragraph after paragraph of unbroken text, with no additional text boxes to divide the information so that it is more easily digested. The ...more
Mehmet Kır
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-2018
In the book you can find out how the world's greatest environmental problems have affected the lives of ocean biota.
My rating is 4 stars ****
Kristen Thorp
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative and interesting. Mother Earth is f*cked.
Barnard's research is always spot on, and the book is visually interesting. Glossary of terms and additional resources in the back matter.
Edward Sullivan
A disturbing look at how global warming, over fishing, and pollution are dramatically altering life in the sea. Great information and visually compelling.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought at first that this book had an unfortunate layout. There are LOTS of words on the pages, and the pages are large. The pictures are good, but I was afraid that the text would overwhelm them. To my surprise, the text was quite readable and interesting. The choices of living things to discuss were good: some are flourishing because of pollution, warming, and acidification, while others are suffering. The book gives a good perspective on change, in that it may throw off a delicate balance ...more
Elizabeth  Chang
I admit to being a tad ignorant on most political issues, and world events, but when it comes to the environment...I can get really passionate about how we have careless, callous, and corrupt people making huge decisions for the planet...and it....really, REALLY gets me upset.

Always makes me wish I could DO something...and not just the little things like donating money...or...writing letters that will never get read....but a significant and unmistakable action that can't be avoided...something
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2010, biology
A very quick read packed with valuable informations:

- There are approximately 200 millions tons of plastic littering the ocean.
- By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
- We've counted 230,000 species of plants and animals in the ocean, including phytoplankton (tiny plants), zooplankton (tiny animals), bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi.
- The currents mix the oxygen-rich water from the surface to the water deep below thanks to currents. Some of this oxygen turns
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Using six species as examples, this slim volume sounds the alarm about changes in the ocean and makes an urgent call for action. There are several pages about each of these species: the rise of jellyfish, the endangering of orcas, the declining numbers of turtles, the decline of tuna and the high levels of mercury in the ones that are left, the warming and acidification of the ocean and consequent bleaching of coral reefs, and the rise in levels of blue-green algae. The graphics are lovely even ...more
Very thoughtful book that speculates on the eventual fate of six sea creatures, from microscopic blue-green algae to giant tuna and orca whales. The detailed writing makes this a book for older elementary or middle-school students, although the illustrations would interest younger readers. Interested readers will learn about ocean acidification, the destruction of the coral reefs, the garbage patches that float in each of our oceans, and the mercury and other toxins that fish and mammals up the ...more
Elizabeth S
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frightening. Which is what it is meant to be, I'm sure. Most of the time when we read about climate change and how it affects the animals of the world, we worry about endangered animals, species we may never know about, or other declining populations. This book also mentions two types of sea creatures that are growing--overwhelming the oceans and causing other problems.
Bryn Barnard both tells this tale of alarm and illustrates it. With an introduction that shares an overview of the dangers to our ocean, he focuses on what he calls "the probable fates of six sea dwellers" which are jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae, "some of the losers and winners in the New Ocean". It is an alarming story, with the opening endpapers showing our "ocean of plastic" and the final endpapers showing "projected ocean acidification". Added backmatter ...more
Read  Ribbet
Barnard looks at critical environmental concerns using six forms of ocean life. He takes on issues like the impact of climate change and plastic pollution to heighten the concerns about jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, coral and blue-green algae. Sources for additional exploration are identified. A glossary is provided to support the learning of more scientific terms. The book could be jigsaw easily as teams or individuals look at each of the six forms a of sea life. The book is text heavy w ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Willow and I read this book together and took the time to really discuss the reasons why our oceans are in trouble. We both loved this book - Willow loved it because she has a deep love for ocean creatures (and the illustrations were beautiful), and I loved it because it shed light on real issues at hand and why it is so important to be aware and have compassion. Incredibly educational and insightful - it's a book I recommend for everyone. While I already knew the dangers of global warming, poll ...more
For such a short and simple book, it packs a pretty big horrifying punch. Through the stories of six ocean creatures, Bryn Barnard tells the larger tale of the changing ocean and in so doing makes it abundantly clear that the entire planet lies in the balance. Of course, it's not all doom and gloom. The jellyfish and blue algae will win out. Too bad for the rest of us, though. The final, most chilling thought that the reader is left with is that it may already be too late. Hundreds or thousands ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This beautifully illustrated depiction of the new ocean is both magical and deeply sad. It's kind of an odd format, as others have commented on - it's picture book-sized with large chunks of text - but as an adult, I didn't find it too simple, and I think middleschoolers will eat up the surprising facts about six ocean inhabitants. The large, lovely illustrations add appeal. I appreciated the concise and clear approach to such a large scary topic.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
We're recommending for grades 3-6 as a textbook replacement. This is a beautiful and terrifying look at the changes taking place in the sea. An important book for schools and libraries.
Kelly Risinger
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
good info but parts are a smidge preachy.
Maggie Ignasiak
Alarming and a total wake up call, perfect for conservationists and middle reader classrooms. A great read for any time of year, but especially Earth Day and summer.
Ilse O'Brien
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
An important read for older kids. The infographics on the endpapers are impressively frightening.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
At first glance this looks like a super cool picture book about ocean life. But it is defiantly one words then pictures. It's super educational. It does talk about some ocean life (like jellyfish, orcas, turtles, tuna, coral, blue- green algae). But it goes much more deep than I thought it would! After each life form, it talks about how it's evolved and changed (due to humans). This is a very deep and thought provoking book.
Too many words for probably 2nd and below grades. Maybe 3rd too...
[3.5 stars]

I’m left still thinking about this book days after I’ve finished it. This is a very important topic that definitely needs to be discussed, but I’m not sure it’s the proper resource if kids are trying to get involved.

I think I would’ve liked this better if it hadn’t been written as a “children’s” book.

It’s a strange in-between of being boring for kids and not juicy enough for grown ups.

But it’s a really good effort and definitely worth the read!
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting book for children focusing on the effect that pollution, garbage and other harmful conditions are having on the oceans and her creatures. The author spends a few pages each on jellyfish, orcas, turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae, and the troubles they face from the increasing man-made issue.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
An importance ecological message might be lost in the text-heavy pages. No headings, captions, or other helpful access features for young readers. Backmatter consists of Sources, Glossary, and Acknowledgments.
World maps presented on the end pages: the back one shows bleaching which is discussed in the book, but the front one shows the garbage patches, which are not discussed.
Bridget Neace
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: vrc-19-20
Hard to rate's set up as a children's book, but it definitely doesn't read as a children's book. Illustrations are beautiful. Comes off a bit preachy a times.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Felt as though it barely scratched the surface. Could've been far more in-depth and still concise.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Terrifying look at the state of oceans and ocean life. Would pair well with Rivers of Sunlight, but this book is hard. Lots of text on a page. Definitely for older readers or maybe young ones with serious interest in ocean life. It's a science book with science words and excellent pictures.
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