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Meet the Oceans

Written by Caryl Hart

Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

Key Stage 1 Geography Ecological and Environmental Interest - Non Fiction The Natural World

LoveReading View on Meet the Oceans

A picture story book with oceans of information

Calling all young Jacques Cousteaus! Here’s a book to take them bobbing through the oceans, and to introduce them to some of the amazing creatures that live there, and all from the comfort of a cosy submarine. It starts with a splash as a little girl and her dog set off on an epic submarine adventure that takes them from the freezing Arctic Ocean (the world’s smallest), through the breezy Atlantic with its underwater mountains and caves, into the warm Caribbean, across the vast Pacific, and from the busy South China Sea into the Indian Ocean. Caryl Hart’s rhyming text provides the perfect introduction to each ocean, slipping in fascinating facts and drawing our attention to life above and below the waves. Bethan Woollvin’s illustrations are glorious too, every page vivid and distinctive, and with the help of pairs of smiling eyes, she manages to imbue the oceans with their own particular character. A stylised atlas on the final pages lets little fingers trace the route they’ve taken. Oceans of fun and information!

Andrea Reece

Meet the Oceans Synopsis

SPLOOOOSH! We're off on an exciting underwater adventure in our submarine to meet the oceans and seas of our blue planet. Join in with the rhymes and get ready to spot all the smiley-faced, friendly oceans, from the Atlantic and deep Pacific to the sparkling Mediterranean. Little ones will have a whale of a time (and be back in time for bed!) in this striking, story-led picture book.

This bold, bright follow-up to the acclaimed picture book Meet the Planets is packed with sea creatures from dolphins and beluga whales to turtles and manatees. The ocean is a vast treasure-house, threatened by plastic waste and pollution, and this picture book is the ideal introduction to the importance of caring for it. It's perfect for all would-be explorers!

Meet the Oceans Press Reviews

Everything about the book was perfect - the writing style was perfect, the story was great and it was great that it rhymed - it was such a fun read - NetGalley Reviewer

It's mind-blowing to think the ocean is one of the world's most unexplored spaces but in this fantastic picture book children can take their own epic, deep sea adventure to discover some of the incredible creatures and habitats which exist within it - NetGalley Reviewer

Perfect for pre-schoolers and children in key stage one, this delightful book written in rhyme takes children through the oceans of the world ... The 'feel' is gentle and soothing and puts us in mind of picture books from when we ourselves were children - Literary Curriculum

Praise for Meet the Planets;

This read-aloud, rhyming, picture-led book takes you on a space adventure Independent

Woollvin’s distinctive art zings with energy The Bookseller

Gently educational, but most important, enormous fun, this is also a smashing unconventional bedtime story Books for Keeps


Little ones will have a blast (and be back in time for bed!) in this striking, read-aloud, story-led picture book Parent Talk

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526603647
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Caryl Hart
Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Geography, Ecological and Environmental, The Natural World

About Caryl Hart

Caryl is a full time children's writer, who also runs creative workshops with local schools. Her first picture book, Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! won two regional awards, and is shortlisted for a third. She lives in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and a dog called Roo. As well as writing, Caryl loves walking in the hills, swimming, snuggling, baking, weeding, running, sleeping, chatting, and sitting in cafes.

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