OCEAN A Visual Miscellany by Ricardo Henriques and André Letria

OCEAN A Visual Miscellany 
by Ricardo Henriques & André Letria
Review Copy from Chronicle Books
When your little sea dog is ready to graduate from Nicola Davies's marvelous A First Book of the Sea, OCEAN: A Visual Miscellany is the place to turn! With half our planet covered in ocean - and only 5% of it having been explored - there is a lot to know (and learn). Which is why this miscellany is a great place to start. Henriquez doesn't overwhelm the reader with too much information, nor does he skim the surface.
After an overview of the oceans of the world, and a listing of them and their characteristics, ways to travel and navigate the oceans are explored. Activities pages give readers fun inspiration for everything from tying knots, making a paper boat and even an iceberg in the kitchen to experiments with flotation and homemade compasses. There is even a recipe for Caldeirada, or Portuguese Fish Stew from Henriquez, who is a native of Portugal. Diving under the waves, the creatures of the sea are explored, along with superstitions and mythical creatures from the deep. OCEAN ends with the perfect quote from Jacques Cousteau:

The sea, once it casts its spell, 
holds on in its net of wonder forever.