Far from Shore
by Sophie Webb

Price at time of review: $17.99
80 pp.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston, MA
ISBN: 9780618597291

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Readers accompany field biologist and ornithologist Sophie Webb on a NOAA Pacific Ocean voyage in this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. From San Diego to Peru, they share in her observations of not only birds but dolphins, whales, and bioluminescent plankton as she details populations and habitats. This personalized story of the practices and pleasures of scientific discovery will attract readers from elementary through high school.

The lure of the sea and the fascinating observations along the voyage will inspire not only more research on the organisms Webb encounters, but many dreams of scientific careers. There's an appreciation of the natural world interwoven throughout the narrative that's infectious even for those who don't think of themselves as scientists. Detailed drawings support the text. A glossary and index also help make the book accessible to many levels of readers. This book is most appropriate for personal reading, but excerpts from the text could be used to enrich a classroom lesson on oceanography.

Review posted on 1/24/2012

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