Day in the Deep, A

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Day in the Deep, A
Travel deep into the ocean way below the surface and you’ll encounter some creatures you never knew existed! This book takes you on a journey through the dark depths of the sea towards the ocean floor. Most ecosystems need sunlight, but deep in the ocean where the sun doesn’t shine animals have adapted some very interesting ways to see, protect themselves, and eat. Discover the unique habitats, adaptations, and food chains of these deep -sea creatures.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 49-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. A Day in the Deep is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Kevin Kurtz, Illustrated by Erin E. Hunter
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-9, Grades PK-4, Lexile: 1050
Hardcover 9781607186175 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607186298 $10.95  
Spanish Hardcover 9781607187158 $17.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781607186991 $11.95  
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Keywords:   physical adaptation, deep ocean habitats, animal adaptations, bioluminescence, marine animals, life science, rhyme, pressure, ocean life zones, Day In the Habitat Series
Animals in the book:   sargassum fish, marlin, cookiecutter, viperfish, plankton, headlight fish, frilled shark, vampire squid, spookfish, marine snow, pelican eel, Atolla jellyfish, Anglerfish
Vetters:   Thanks to Dr. George I. Matsumoto, Senior Education and Research Specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.

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This book touches on some fantastic topics like whale fall, marine snow, bioluminescence, and bacterial involvement at many depths? - School Library Journal

While brief rhyming verses describe the animals, four pages of more in-depth information about the ocean creatures end the book.- Booklist

Kevin Kurtz' A Day in the Deep (illustrated by Erin E. Hunter, Arbordale, grades prekindergarten-4) is a stocking stuffer that will keep on giving (educationally). Written in playful rhyming verse, this short, informative book takes primary grade readers down into the ocean's lightless depths (the aptly named midnight, abyssal and hadal zones). - Scientists Bookshelf

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Kevin Kurtz holds degrees in English literature and elementary education and started his career by working at a marine biology lab. Since then, he has combined all of these experiences by working as an environmental educator and curriculum writer for organizations such as the South Carolina Aquarium, the Science Factory Children's Museum, and the Center for Birds of Prey. Kevin has authored A Day in the Deep, A Day on the Mountain, and A Day in the Salt Marsh for Arbordale. Kevin also wrote Uncovering Earth's Secrets after spending eight weeks as the Educator at Sea aboard the marine geology research vessel JOIDES Resolution. Visit Kevin's website for more information.

As both a children's book and scientific illustrator, Erin Hunter specializes in entomological and botanical illustrations. She illustrated The Great Divide, Multiply on the Fly, and A Day on the Mountain for Arbordale, and she has taught botanical illustration and field sketching at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Erin's portfolio includes print and online design projects for clients ranging from marketing firms to culinary groups to educational organizations' and she's drawn insects under a microscope for the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. Erin lives with her husband on California's Monterey Peninsula. When she's not sketching and painting, she tends to flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables in her backyard garden. Visit Erin's website.


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