Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review: Good Question - Why Is the Sea Salty? by Benjamin Richmond


Publisher: Sterling
Format: Paperback
Released: September 7th, 2014
Rating: 8/10


Amazon summary:

What kinds of animals live in the sea? What causes tides and waves? And exactly how deep is the ocean, anyway? From the water cycle and ocean zones to fun facts about how some lost rubber duckies ended up helping ocean scientists, this Good Question! book teaches kids about the life aquatic. 

Review: 

The ocean is a huge, vast expanse of water with who knows what living in it. It's so interesting to think about all the different creatures and species populating the depths of the water, and Why Is the Sea Salty? does a fantastic job of answering as many frequently asked questions as possible.

As with other books in this series, Why Is the Sea Salty? is split into small sections with one or two questions and answers per page. From basic questions covering how much of the Earth is covered in water and what is an ocean, to more advanced questions like how does the moon move the oceans and does it matter if the ocean rises, this book is an invaluable introduction to oceans and is perfect for anyone with a budding interest in the subject.

There are illustrations, images and diagrams throughout this book, detailing the depth of water and the species within the sea. It also briefly explains The Water Cycle, which will be a huge help to anyone studying this kind of stuff in their geography lessons. My personal favourite sections are those about the animal life to be found in the oceans, as that's always been a point of interest for me. There's also a huge full-page image of a Japanese spider crab that is well worth seeing!

I enjoyed reading Why Is the Sea Salty? - it's a valuable addition to the Good Question series and will provide hours of educational entertainment for any younger readers hoping to learn more about the world and how it works. Anyone who reads this will come away with a deeper understanding of the oceans and their inhabitants, habits and scientific contributions, and will have some of their burning questions answered!

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