Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN
Coming May 22, 2018. Preorder now!
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, diving two miles down to explore the seafloor, collect samples, and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in a underwater craft, and find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans.
In expressive, poetic language and gorgeous illustrations, the mysteries of the deep sea are revealed. Backmatter includes an author's note about researching this book, a glossary, and suggested further reading.
Look Inside the Book:
Author & Illustrator Bios:Michelle Cusolito, author
Michelle Cusolito won the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Award for an early version of Flying Deep. Michelle has worked as a fourth-grade teacher, a curriculum specialist, and an adjunct professor. Read more about Michelle here.
Nicole Wong, illustrator
Nicole Wong has illustrated many books for children, including To the Stars!; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; and Wild Rose's Weaving (Tanglewood Press). Read more about Nicole here.
Awards & Honors:
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Readers join an Alvin pilot and scientists in an exciting journey as they voyage down deep to the ocean floor to collect samples and conduct research. Named for Allyn Vine, who helped pioneer deep submergence research and technology for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Alvin helped in the exploration of the Titanic wreckage in 1986. "Imagine you're the pilot of Alvin, a deep-sea submersible barely big enough for three," the engaging text begins. Cusolito's inviting, "you are there" narration puts readers inside the submersible to discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour journey to learn about life inhabiting the deepest realms of our oceans. How do you breathe? What kind of music might you listen to? How do you see when you "enter thick blackness"? The answers to those and many other questions are answered. The voyage down is not without perils: "Fishing nets or anchor chains could entangle Alvin and trap you." On the seafloor, "Eerie spires loom. Black smokers blast scalding water and poisonous, sooty particles from deep inside Earth." The digitally created illustrations evoke the dark mysteriousness of the deep ocean and depict the crew as a man of color, a white woman, and a white man. Endmatter explains how Alvin works and describes the author's and illustrator's research. An appealing, exhilarating, and informative vicarious journey of discovery.
School Library Journal
On the Alvin submersible, three scientists dive into the Pacific Ocean to discover if life thrives at the bottom of the sea. Written in a loose logbook style, the book captures the emotions of the scientists who are hopeful that their work could lead to new discoveries. Cusolito’s narrative takes readers through a normal day on the Alvin and uses sound effects, repetition, and challenging vocabulary to provide kids with a suspenseful and informative plot. (“Alvin sinks, slowly spinning DOWN DOWN DOWN. Your stomach flutters.”) Wong’s realistic yet subdued digital illustrations are a perfect match for the subject matter. In addition, the font color contrasts with the background, making for an easy reading experience. VERDICT: A captivating story that introduces and encourages scientific study, specifically the field of oceanography. A great addition to STEM collections.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-656-8 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-657-5 PDF
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Page count: 32
9 x 11
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1-8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1-8, 10