Mount Pleasant, SC, February 17, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- As the months of year swiftly pass, children can often see and feel the signs of the changing seasons on land, but Washington biologist and author Ron Hirschi and his 2007 release, Ocean Seasons, aims to teach kids about a larger and much wetter habitat.
“Ocean Seasons” offers young readers a look at how undersea habitat transform during the changes of the four seasons. Through stunning realistic watercolors and a lyrical text, the book exposes children to the ocean plants and animals are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs and habitats beneath the waves. While the book is set in the Pacific, similar changes happen in all of the world’s oceans.
While reading this book, children will learn that spring produces colorful underwater plants; summer brings calmness; autumn’s growing darkness causes tiny plankton to die and fall to the ocean floor; and winter drives humpback whales south to tropical waters. Though many youngsters do not have the opportunity to spend a year underwater themselves, this book shares a wealth of information on what life is really like below the water’s surface.
An avid water lover, Ron Hirschi has written more than 50 children’s books, and he enjoys teaching kids about wetland habitats. Ron also helped to raise the funds to purchase a tidal wetland that is now an environmental learning center and critical habitat for endangered salmon. Illustrator Kirsten Carlson believes children’s books are a wonderful way to connect others to nature. Prior to illustrating “Ocean Seasons,” Carlson illustrated “The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights,” also published by Sylvan Dell.
“It came to me how much kids loved the ocean, no matter the season or the weather,” said Hirschi after taking a class on a nighttime fieldtrip. “It is my hope that ‘Ocean Seasons’ might show other children the beauty of the sea and its creatures.”
Like all Sylvan Dell books, the back of “Ocean Seasons” features a “For Creative Minds” section, aimed at enhancing each story’s educational opportunities with fun facts, crafts, vocabulary and other exercises. Supplemental teaching activities with ideas for lesson plans or educational programs are also available on Sylvan dell’s Web site.
To learn more about Sylvan Dell Publishing and its books, authors, illustrators and educational activities, please visit www.SylvanDellPublishing.com.