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Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin

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Climb aboard Alvin, the famous deep-sea submersible credited with helping to find the Titanic, and take a trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean.

Experience a day in the life of an Alvin pilot and join scientists at the seafloor to collect samples and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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Henry Martin
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had the potential to spark a lot more scientific interest than it did. The author's note is actually longer than the sum of words in the story itself. The author had access to information, specific sites, and the actual submersible vehicle, which would provide enough information for a more involving storyline.

However, it was still interesting and enticing, thus the three stars. The illustrations were good, and fitted the story well.
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Nina
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book quite literally immerses you in the experience of piloting the Alvin deep-sea submersible to the ocean floor. Vivid descriptions and gorgeous illustrations left me wishing I could journey to the bottom of the sea, too. A great story for budding marine biologists and adventurers.
(review from an advanced reader's copy)
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Jessie Oliveros
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This picture book takes a mission-like approach to operating a deep-sea submersible. The text invites young readers to participate in the sea-floor dive in Alvin, which is just big enough for three. The book is divided into hours, which lends more to the feeling of being in the submersible with the scientists. I loved the back-and-forth between the divers and the control station, as well as the use of onomatopoeias. There are discoveries made along the sea floor--ghost crabs, vent chimneys, and ...more
Carrie Finison
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book takes the reader on a deep dive to the sea floor inside the deep-sea submersible, ALVIN. What I love about it is the specificity of language that beautifully paints a picture of what it's like on the ocean floor. For example, this passage:
Cottony fields of bacteria
wave in currents.
Shimmering water swirls.
Pompeii worms,
like sausages sporting dreadlocks,
move in a dan out of tubes.
Dinner-plate-size clams
nestle among rocks.
Giant tube worms'
feathery plumes sway.

Together with the gorgeous i
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Tina Cho
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Michelle Cusolito’s Flying Deep, children get to experience the deep-sea submersible ALVIN and imagine themselves inside. In short fun descriptive text, children learn what lies in the deep. They themselves are on a mission to collect specimens from the bottom of the ocean. Ghost crabs, Pompeii worms, and a Dumbo octopus are just some of the interesting creatures waiting for Alvin. Wong’s beautiful illustrations clearly show Alvin’s journey through the different zones of the ocean and the thr ...more
Shanda McCloskey
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flying Deep submerges the reader into the submarine experience … the cramped space, the simple sandwich, the hissing sounds from the oxygen tanks. And the submarine submerges into the deep ocean rarely seen by humans at all!
Juana Martinez-Neal
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Cusolito's writing is engaging and picks the curiosity of the young readers. Nicole Wong's illustration are detailed and at the same time full of sensitivity and emotion. A great pairing for a fabulous book that will get us some future explorers and scientists! ...more
Tina B
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Excellent choice for a STEM or Ocean-themed read-aloud for lower elementary ages.
Jeanette Bradley
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Engaging science story, great for kids inter4sted in marine life and exploration
Andi Diehn
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FLYING DEEP is an illuminating dive into a fascinating world few people get to see! Through Michelle Cusolito's engaging descriptions and Nicole Wong's gorgeous illustrations, kids and adults are treated to a glimpse of creatures and landscapes that exist far below the ocean's surface. A delight to read! ...more
Aidan
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great way to pull someone right inside Alvin! In this story we are participants on a submersible adventure exploring a deep-sea alien world. Loved the detailed illustrations of the many creatures found in the murky depths around geothermal vents. The final pages provide information about Alvin and the interesting experience of making the book, by both author and illustrator.
Melissa Stoller
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This incredible story of Alvin and life underwater will encourage readers to explore the topic further. The illustrations are beautifully rendered . . . I love how the illustrator shows the changing color of the water as Alvin submerges. Michelle Cusolito has obviously done extensive research that she discusses in the back matter. A must read for the youngest budding scientist/oceanographer or any child who likes adventure stories.
Rachel Noble
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flying Deep is not only educational but engaging. A non-fiction picture book with emotion. Go on an ocean adventure with your child!
Jen Betton
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The stunning cover pulled me right into this adventurous non-fiction picture book. The narrator speaks directly to the reader, inviting you along on a journey down, down, down, into the abyss. I was struck by how perilous the trip seemed – pressure, fishing nets, anchor chains, crumbling columns that could trap you in the deeps. The illustrations really capture the depth and darkness and the clean form of Alvin. (I read an advance copy of this book)
Kerri Kokias
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Readers are invited to be a part of the deep-sea sub, ALVIN's mission to explore the depths of the ocean. A perfect book for anyone interested in subs, oceanography, exploration- or really anyone up for an adventure. ...more
Hannah Holt
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book puts the reader in the driver seat of a deep-sea submersible. It has a good mix of sounds (like "psssssss" for the oxygen being turned on), sights (like the water getting darker as you go deeper), feel (like your stomach flipping on the descent), taste (like, peanut butter sandwiches for lunch) and much more.

There's also a surprising range of emotions to experience, even though this trip doesn't span more than a day. First of all there's the wonder of undersea life, but there's also th
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Margaret
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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All the benefits of going underwater in a deep-sea submersible without any of the danger or claustrophobia. This well-written story about a trip in a deep-sea submersible teaches without it feeling like teaching. This book does an excellent job using captivating text paired with fascinating illustrations of the deep sea. I have never been so fascinated by the deep ocean. A book anyone ever curious about this topic should read.
Beth Anderson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author takes the reader along for the ride as ALVIN descends into the ocean depths. Step by step, we see how the vehicle is launched, how it maneuvers, and what its mission is. We also get the play by play with radio communication to the ship on the surface, which would be totally fun in a read-aloud with some crackle and static realism in a darkened classroom with the images projected on a screen. The narrator uses present tense which allows readers to vicariously experience this scientific ...more
Sarah Reul
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting, informative book! Such a fantastic intro to a mysterious, deep sea world - provides an adventure and a peek into scientist lives with appealing language and lovely illustrations
Pop Bop
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Here's what this book does really well -- in clear prose it tells you and shows you what it would be like to pilot the deep-sea submersible "Alvin", and it does that in a style that is consistently suitable for its target reader demo.

There are no cutesy asides or Dummies-style jokes. There are no cutaways or digressions aimed more at graduate level engineers. Rather, from the first release of Alvin, during the descent, while exploring the bottom, and upon return, the reader gets to
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Pam Miller
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must confess. I would never have known the existence of a Dumbo Octopus or a Ghost Crab or tube worms, and more, without reading FLYING DEEP, written by, Michelle Cusolito, and illustrated by, Nicole Wong.

Two grandsons who keep me company in the summer months were not as sold on the book, at first. They are good swimmers and were not bothered one bit by three passengers who are sinking to the bottom of the ocean while aboard Alvin, a small, submersible. They were concerned about how long it to
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Jane Healy
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual fare, I read this for a Facebook group about debut picture books. It hooked me immediately with its mysterious underwater cover image by illustrator Nicole Wong, and continued to reel me in with the first sentence: "Imagine you're the pilot of Alvin, a deep-sea submersible barely big enough for three." Author Cusolito puts us right in the driver's seat of this cramped craft, and later asks, "What will you discover?" What child of any age doesn't like the idea of discovery?

In poetic
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Carolyn Combs
Brief summary: Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN, written by Michelle Cusolito, Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Join the pilot of the submersible Alvin as he and two scientists spend a day exploring the ocean floor near an underwater volcano. You'll travel down through layers of darkening water, until two miles down, you reach an alien world filled with novel forms of life. As you cruise past black smokers, Alvin's light illuminates an entire food web, one that thrives far from th ...more
Sheila  Quach
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Cusolito’s book, Flying Deep had my Son, Kaden hooked at first glance. It's an engaging book that allows children to experience a day in the life in the driver's seat of the deep-sea submersible ALVIN. While exploring and collecting data and samples along with scientists this is one exciting journey. While you voyage down deep to the floor of the ocean you get to see what a real life day would look like. All the ins and outs... like seeing crazy critters like the ghost crab or cottony f ...more
Tasha
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alvin is a deep-sea submersible that seats just three people. In this picture book, readers take a journey with Alvin’s crew down into the sea to collect specimens, survey the site and look for life. Light dims and temperatures drop as Alvin descends. At nearly two miles down, they reach the seafloor. There are small crabs, glassy rocks and vent chimneys. Pompeii worms sway in the current and clams nestle in the rocks. There are other surprises too! Soon the specimens are stored and it’s time to ...more
Jane
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Author Michelle Cusolito is a teacher and it shows. She knows how to explore topics in a way that will interest her audience. Most children will never have the opportunity to travel on a machine like ALVIN, only 41 people have ever piloted ALVIN. Flying Deep exposes children to a world they may never see or experience.

I love the author and illustrator notes at the close of the book as well as the glossary of terms and organisms. Michelle Cusolito also included a bibliography of additional materi
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Viviane Elbee
Flying Deep is an interesting book about what it’s like to be in a deep sea submersible. It focuses on the pilot and the trip to the sea floor. There are a few pages of illustrations with animals found in the deep sea - large sized clams, a dumbo octopus, tube worms...

The kids were a bit worried about the lives of “specimens” caught, so we read the back matter. (The back matter talks about fish that explode at the surface, so, not likely that the specimens survived.)

The kids liked the back mat
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Jana
Kids (and grownups) have always been fascinated by what lies deep beneath the surface of the ocean. This fascinating nonfiction book takes readers onboard ALVIN, a deep-sea submersible craft. The book discusses the details of diving, the dangers the pilot of the submersible might encounter, how the scientists on board collect specimens for study, and many other interesting topics. Years ago, I took a ride on a submarine in Grand Cayman (Atlantis) and loved looking at the underwater life so far d ...more
Kat Harrison
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like Michelle Cusolito could've written FLYING DEEP utilizing a range of POV's, but it's incredibly refreshing that it was ultimately written in second person - which allows the reader to do what books do best: immerse themselves in a world entirely different from their own. Though quite obviously a nonfiction picture book, I think that FLYING DEEP excels because it takes you along for a mission aboard Alvin (with nuanced and textured illustrations from Nicole Wong), as if this was a work ...more
Jason
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate that this book is accessible to a younger elementary-aged audience. Typically books about less mainstream topics tend to be offered primarily to upper elementary readers. And nonfiction books for younger elementary readers tend to be more dumbed-down than they need to be. An advanced second grader could probably read this and she would find it fascinating. It's not fair to this book that I'm reviewing it the same day as the Katherine=Roy-illustrated Otis and Will. Flying Deep's artw ...more
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