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Explore an incredible collection of narratives, featuring fascinating facts and stories about the world's deepest seas and oceans. Written by the critically acclaimed TV and radio presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff and illustrated by the wonderful Jill Calder, this stunning book will have you diving into the deepest depths of the blue, exploring the astounding seas and oceans that cover our planet and discovering the amazing animals that populate our waters, including the largest living animal: the blue whale!

An important message in the book is the effects of plastics on our planet and the ways in which scientists are making steps towards tackling this much-talked-about topic. We can all make steps in reducing our own plastic consumption and The Sea will fascinate and inspire families in their quest to understand why it has never been more important to protect our planet.

Let The Sea take you on a watery journey through different marine habitats that we know about but who knows what is out there yet to be discovered? Featuring an eclectic mix of layout styles with incredible artwork throughout, this is a book that will amaze children and families alike with fantastic facts on the astounding seas and oceans that cover our planet.

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23rd April '19
I read it to Sebbytris aged 5 aged 5
The Sea: Exploring our blue planet 9781408889893
5 stars
Beautiful illustrated. Really great facts. Great insight in awareness about how much plastic is in the seas/ oceans. My son really liked learning about new animals in the sea. Fantastic book. Really enjoyed this one
24th April '19
I read it to Myla123 aged 7 aged 7
The Sea: Exploring our blue planet 9781408889893
5 stars
Loved this book, beautifully illustrated!
This book kept my 5yr old but also my 10yr old completely engaged, it’s a fantastic book that highlights issued such as plastic in the ocean, we loved reading interesting facts about some of the fantastic things living in the sea.
4th May '19
I read it to Dragonmaster aged 9 aged 9 & to Kerfuffle aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is a beautifully illustrated book.  It is separated into different sections about different oceans. It contains engaging facts which my 5 year old and my 9 year old loved.  They both know quite a bit about the sea and they learnt something new as did I! A good balance of words and illustration and easy to dip in and out of. 
1st May '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to JazzyJassmine aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
Full of interesting facts and colourful illustrations. 
25th April '19
I read it to MissS-Year 4 aged 8 to 9
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5 stars
What is it about?
Its about the oceans from the coast to the lowest part of the
sea. Each page has a description on a different thing like tropical coasts and kelp forests. The pages also have beautiful illustrations. It also talks about plastic pollution, what lives in the ocean, rock pools and loads of other stuff.

What I like about it
I like the illustrations in the bookend the way it was written. I also like the facts and all the information that is in it. It is written in a way that is creative and not like your normal book.

Recommendation
I would recommend this book to key stage 2 and upwards because of the language used in the book and information levels.
However, when you reach this age you would really enjoy it
18th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This beautiful book which I got for my grandchildren, is going to stay at my house. The texts & illustrations encompass so much about the oceans around us, from coastlines & rockpools, to bioluminescence in the deepest darkness, - it's fascinating. Not at all preachy, (although there's a definite environmental message), I've learned a lot myself...& Lucia 9 & Elijah 6 (currently in love with squids) are going to be entranced by this high-quality book from Bloomsbury.
29th April '19
I read it to Yzabelle aged 9 aged 9 , to Malakhi aged 6 aged 6 & to Jakobi aged 6 aged 6
The Sea: Exploring our blue planet 9781408889893
5 stars
A beautifully illustrated book full of fascinating facts and stories about the world's deepest seas and oceans. A truely stunning book that will have you diving into the deepest depths of the blue, exploring the astounding seas and oceans that cover our planet.
29th April '19
Leonjames read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
This book is beautifully illustrated and full of amazing facts about our oceans and its animals. I learned some new things from this book. I also like how it tells us plastic pollution and what people are trying to do to help it. I will definitely recommend this book . 
24th April '19
I read it to LittlePeach aged 4 aged 4
The Sea: Exploring our blue planet 9781408889893
4 stars
This is an absolutely lovely non-fiction book and is packed full of fantastic facts about sea-based habitats, ranging from the coastline to the deep seas, and from coral reefs to sunken ships. It's not just solely sea-dwelling animals that get the focus either, but species such as gulls, gannets, sandhoppers and curlews, whose habitats are highly dependent upon, and near to, the sea.

My daughter (aged 4) and I read this book together and we both love it, and I must admit I've learned a lot of quite obscure facts about animals as a result. I really appreciate that the content doesn't just focus on the best-known animals such as whales, turtles and fish, but extends to discussing species such as narwhals, frigatebirds, tube worms and nudibranchs. Whether you're an animal lover with lots of existing knowledge and want the obscure information, or someone looking to explore some of the simpler aspects of ocean life, there should be something here to pique your interest.

The range of subjects covered is impressive too, with pages on geothermal vents and bioluminescence which you wouldn't normally find in a children's book. I really appreciated the inclusion of material on ocean plastic and the problems and challenges it poses. The subject is explained clearly and provides a good, accessible summary of what scientists and other organisations are doing to try and address the issue - a great introduction to conservation themes.

The illustrations are charming and colourful, and make this book a pleasure to look at. The main text throughout is in a small typeface so that the focus is on the pictures, which cover every double page spread and are all hand-drawn. Occasionally some of the drawings could be a tiny bit clearer, but that is only a minor quibble when the overall effect is so beautiful (and when the vast majority of the pictures are very clear and accurate).

The size of the book and its drawings also mean that they are on a sufficient scale to engage younger children too. However given the complexity of the content, I would recommend this for children aged 7-10. Overall, an engaging, enjoyable, attractive and highly informative read.
21st May '19
I read it to Immie aged 4 aged 4
The Sea: Exploring our blue planet 9781408889893
3 stars
This is an absolutely lovely non-fiction book and is packed full of fantastic facts about sea-based habitats, ranging from the coastline to the deep seas, and from coral reefs to sunken ships. It's not just solely sea-dwelling animals that get the focus either, but species such as gulls, gannets, sandhoppers and curlews, whose habitats are highly dependent upon, and near to, the sea.

My granddaughter (aged 4) and I read this book together and we both love it, and I must admit I've learned a lot of quite obscure facts about animals as a result. I really appreciate that the content doesn't just focus on the best-known animals such as whales, turtles and fish, but extends to discussing species such as narwhals, frigatebirds, tube worms and nudibranchs. Whether you're an animal lover with lots of existing knowledge and want the obscure information, or someone looking to explore some of the simpler aspects of ocean life, there should be something here to pique your interest.

The range of subjects covered is impressive too, with pages on geothermal vents and bioluminescence which you wouldn't normally find in a children's book. I really appreciated the inclusion of material on ocean plastic and the problems and challenges it poses. The subject is explained clearly and provides a good, accessible summary of what scientists and other organisations are doing to try and address the issue - a great introduction to conservation themes.

The illustrations are charming and colourful, and make this book a pleasure to look at. The main text throughout is in a small typeface so that the focus is on the pictures, which cover every double page spread and are all hand-drawn. Occasionally some of the drawings could be a tiny bit clearer, but that is only a minor quibble when the overall effect is so beautiful (and when the vast majority of the pictures are very clear and accurate).

The size of the book and its drawings also mean that they are on a sufficient scale to engage younger children too. However given the complexity of the content, I would recommend this for children aged 7-10. Overall, an engaging, enjoyable, attractive and highly informative read.
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About Miranda Krestovnikoff

For as long as Miranda Krestovnikoff can remember, she has always loved to be outdoors. Her passion for wildlife started early on by observing animals in the wild and keeping a veritable menagerie at home in the laundry room! Miranda studied Zoology at Bristol University and even before graduating, secured work at the BBC Natural History Unit. Miranda later...

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About Jill Calder

Michael Rosen is one of the country's most popular writers for children. His titles for Walker include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Little Rabbit Foo Foo, Michael Rosen's Sad Book, This Is Our House, Bananas In My Ears, Tiny Little Fly, Dear Mother Goose and Dear Fairy Godmother,...

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