Monday, December 10, 2012

Far From Shore - adventures on the open ocean

Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage
By Sophie Webb
80 pages, ages 9 & up
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2011

Biologist and artist Sophie Webb takes readers aboard a research vessel an out to sea. This time she’s joined a research team to explore the tropical Pacific Ocean where they study whales, dolphins, sea birds and deep sea creatures. When she’s not on watch or collecting samples, Webb paints the ocean life around her. She works with pencils and watercolors – easy to pack on her journeys.

Webb and her crew head out in July for a five-month cruise that takes them from San Diego, CA to Hawaii to Ecuador and points in between. She heads each chapter with latitude and longitude, describes the nitty-gritty details of daily life aboard a research vessel, paints the squid larvae, flying fish and other creatures they encounter, and tosses in a few maps and graphs to keep it interesting. A great book that reminds young readers that there are plenty of adventures out there for curious biologists – and artists. 
Check out other books that celebrate nonfiction at Nonfiction Monday, hosted this week by Wrapped in Foil. Also check out books across all genres celebrating Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Review copy from publisher.


  1. This looks like a fabulous book! I love the ocean!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I have to say I share your urge to take a trip on the ocean (I wanted to be an oceanographer when I was in fourth grade), although sounds like this would be a great way to make the trip via an armchair.

  3. This one looks beautiful! Thanks for the review.