Monday, June 16, 2014

Nonfiction Monday: Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman, photographs by Annie Crawley

If you're looking for a "Scientists in the Field" type book for younger readers, this title from Milbrook Press is a great selection.

Many kids (hopefully) will be familiar with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but whether or not they have prior knowledge this is a good starting point. It's the story of a research voyage from the perspective of three student scientists. Miriam Goldstein, Chelsea Rochman, and Darcy Taniguchi are each researching a different part of ocean life as it might be affected by the garbage patch.

The book takes us through the research of each student, and also through daily life on board the research ship and how different types of ocean research are carried out. It also talks about possible impacts of plastic in the ocean and on earth and gives suggestions on how kids can help. Now, that last part I'm kind of meh about - it's the usual "use reusable bags" type thing which A. might or might not actually be helpful and B. most kids can't control those types of things, but it's a pretty common list of "ways kids can help the environment" and I get that you can't really explain the nuances to kids. Anyways.

Verdict: If you have kids interested in ocean science or science in general, this is a great book to introduce the general topic as well as the specific research ideas. It would work well for the entire range of middle grade, and the only drawback is that Milbrook's library bound titles are very expensive.

ISBN: 9781467712835; Published 2014 by Millbrook/Lerner; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Added to the library's wishlist

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