Flying Deep ~ Review

Book Summary:
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 and join scientists at the seafloor to 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. Extensive back matter explains how Alvin works, describes the author’s research, and includes a glossary and further reading.

Michelle Cusolito’s book, Flying Deep had Kaden hooked at first glance.  It's an engaging book that allows children to experience a day in the life in the driver's seat of the deep-sea submersible ALVIN.  While exploring and collecting data and samples along with scientists this is one exciting journey.  While you voyage down deep to the floor of the ocean you get to see what a real life day would look like.  All the ins and outs... like seeing crazy critters like the ghost crab or cottony fields of bacteria.  And a few not so cool things like not having a bathroom, a few unforeseen dangers and maybe the occasional stomach flutter.
What I really found interesting is the way the narration puts you inside the journey to learn about life in the crazy deep ocean. Kaden loved learning about the different critters and whats hiding down there, just waiting to be discovered.  Having the Glossary and additional info in the back of the book was very helpful.  We were able to use this book along with our Oceanography Unit Study we were working on in our homeschool last week. 

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