Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sea Bones #NFPB15

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday is hosted by Aly at Kid Lit Frenzy. 
Every Wednesday, bloggers link up their non-fiction picture book reviews. Be sure to visit Kid Lit Frenzy and see what great non-fiction books are shared this week!

Title: Sea Bones 
Author: Bob Barner 
Illustrator: Bob Barner 
Publisher: Chronicle Books 
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015 
Genre/Format: Non-Fiction/Picture Book 
GoodReads Summary: Author and illustrator Bob Barner makes waves with his signature rhyming text and colorful illustrations in this lush picture book about the sea. Filled with incredible fishy facts about vertebrates, invertebrates, endoskeletons, and exoskeletons, plus an underwater informational chart, Sea Bones will make young readers want to dive right in!  
What I Think: I love that this book doesn't just look at sea life, it focuses on bones and the endo- and ectoskeletons of various sea creatures. The more non-fiction I read with my own two kids, the more I realize how great it is to be able to read the book in different ways. With Little Bean, sometimes we read the headers or the main important parts of the and look at the pictures. With Peanut, I'll usually read the headers and then also the more informative parts of the text. It all depends on the reader and how much we want to read explore. I know this about non-fiction but still marvel at the power of non-fiction to let us gravitate towards the information we want and to take what we need from a text.
    Besides the unique lens in looking at sea creatures that Sea Bones offers, the artwork is beautiful. The images are created from collages of torn bits of paper. The colors are vibrant and accessible while also sharing important information that matches the text well. I'm happy to have this non-fiction picture book in my collection! 
Read Together: Grades Pre-K - 3 
Read Alone: Grades Pre-K - 3 
Read With: Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale, Extreme Oceans by Seymour Simon, Down, Down, Down: A Journey to The Bottom of The Sea by Steve Jenkins
Snatch of Text:    
"There are animals without bones that drift with the waves.
Jellies have no bones and no brains, and they 
go wherever the ocean currents take them. 
The lion's mane or hair jelly is the largest jelly 
at up to 8 feet (2.5 metres) wide with tentacles 
120 feet (36.5 metres) long."
Writing Prompts: Write about a connection you made between a fact you read about in Sea Bones and your life, something else you have read, or another experience you have had.
Topics Covered: Integration - Science 
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