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Secrets of the Sea

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A stunning look at some of the most extraordinary and rarely seen creatures from under the sea

This book takes you on a journey to discover an incredible and rarely seen world. From the rock pools along the shoreline to the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean, breathtaking illustrations reveal the sea's creatures--from the microscopic and the bizarre to the fragile and
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Big Picture Press
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I only review children’s books that I have read cover to cover or that have been read to me. There are so many children’s books in our home, which is wonderful...but admittedly, many I skim or just hear in pieces.

This book is spectacular and fully deserving of all five stars. It is loaded with facts about lesser known creatures of the sea and filled with intricate illustrations that highlight and emphasize each creature’s uniqueness. I have returned to this book again and again, always getting
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous illustrations and clear, concise text make this a favorite to keep on the shelf to pore over again and again!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ocean’s hidden creatures come to life in a stunning oversized illustrated encyclopedia of sea life in this first U.S. edition of a 2016 book from the United Kingdom. Large two page spreads of 7-10 creatures from 5 zones(Shallows, Sea Forest, Coral Gardens, Wide, Wide Blue and the Deep Ocean) of the ocean will enthrall readers as they learn more about creatures that are rarely seen by humans or the human eye. These are not common life forms and they span the five kingdoms of living things.

Monica Smith
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Secrets of the Sea is a fantastic informational book about creatures that live in the ocean for grades 3-6. This book has beautiful, bright illustrations and great information that is presented in an interesting way for children. The book provides “profiles” of various ocean organisms from different areas of the ocean (shallow sea, kelp forest, coral reef, open ocean, and deep sea).

I think that this book would be great to use in science, whether the unit is on the ocean, ecosystems, or animal
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Baker, Kate Secrets of the Sea, 82 pages. Illustrated by Eleanor Taylor. PICTURE BOOK. Big Picture Press (Candlewick), 2017. $25. 9780763698393

At first you will probably glance at this book and think, as I did, “why didn’t they use photos for the illustrations?” But then you will immerse yourself in Taylor’s luminescent drawings and think, “othing else could be more perfect”. Though arranged as a factual text about a wide variety of sea/ocean organisms, this feels more like a vast coffee table
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This gorgeous, oversized book communicates a sense of wonder about the world’s oceans by showing the diversity and beauty of marine life in amazing luminous illustrations. The chapters guide readers on a leisurely stroll under the waves starting in the shallows, then moving to kelp forests, coral gardens, the wide blue, and finally the deep. Double paged spreads display items that range from large (kelp, coral reefs, giant pacific octopus) to microscopic (radiolaria, diatoms, daphnia). Each item ...more
Teresa Edmunds
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Though I enjoy actual photos of wildlife, Taylor's illustrations are so fantastic that you do not miss them. Baker covers sea life from plants to animals, microscopic to hundreds of feet in size. I appreciated that she highlights many lesser known creatures such as Daphnia, Sea Butterfly, and Moon Jelly. I learned so many fascinating facts. Do you know that Giant Tube Worms spew toxic fluids that can melt lead? Or that Diatoms are so small that hundreds can fit on the heat of a pin, yet when ...more
I've come across a lot of very beautiful picture books about the ocean lately, and this is another one. The scope is pretty wide... from the microscopic to the giant, from eggs and larval stages to skeletons, each spread takes a peek at one kind of organism and relates a handful of facts.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Flipped through to admire the otherworldly, oversize pictures. Illustrated in mixed media by Eleanor Taylor.
Sue Poduska
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Incredible look at many of the unusual creatures that inhabit the sea, presented in large format.
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Kate Baker is a writer and editor of children’s books for all ages on subjects ranging from history and travel, to natural history and mythology. Her books include Highest Mountain, Deepest Ocean and Walk This Wild World.