Marine Biologists on a Dive (Kid Scientist)

by Sue Fliess (Author) Mia Powell (Illustrator)

Marine Biologists on a Dive (Kid Scientist)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Kid Scientist

Explore the ocean with marine biologists as they observe a pod of whales.

Maggie is a marine biologist. She and her team study all the living things in the ocean. Today is an exciting day: after months of research, the team is diving into the water with a traveling group of whales to record their songs and learn more about how whales communicate.

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Kirkus Reviews

A highly simplified but inviting overview of marine biology.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-4--A youthful team of marine biologists take a dive in this realistic story. Maggie and her team study ocean life. Each of the team members has an important role to fulfill. Today, after spending months researching, the team is able to dive in the ocean to study a traveling pod of whales. Their main focus is to study the whales to learn more about how they communicate. Fleiss does an acceptable job at educating readers about marine biology through Maggie and her team, although the word choices and poor pacing can slow the plotting. Upper elementary students may have difficulty relating to the seemingly youthful scientists. They may also struggle to care about the story. The problem of a whale wrapped in a fishing net seems tacked on. Powell's illustrations are whimsical and bring a sense of life to the story. However, the facial features of the team lack personality. VERDICT For career-day collections, this is a flawed but cheerful glimpse of marine biology and scientific teamwork.--Brittany McMahon

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The instructive text is educational and entertaining, and young readers will thrill in seeing the diverse group of kids take the reins of scientific discovery.—Booklist

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Guided Reading Level
Albert Whitman & Company
Publication date
April 19, 2022
Kid Scientist
BISAC categories
JNF011000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
JNF003150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Marine Life
JNF037070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Water (Oceans, Lakes, Etc.)
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Humpback whale
Marine biology
Scuba diving
Marine biologists

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