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Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Great Bear Rainforest, marine life, the environment, ecology, conservation, Pacific coast, marine mammals, whales, orcas, dolphins, porpoises, salmon, sea otters
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2013
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Following up the success of their first two books about the Great Bear Rainforest, The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves, Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some of the planet's mightiest and most beloved residents: whales, sea lions, dolphins, orcas, sea otters and wild salmon. Filled with spectacular images of this largely unknown part of the world, the book also explores the uncertain future of the Great Bear Sea in this age of climate change, overfishing, pipelines and oil tankers. Can a rainforest full of rare spirit bears, fishing wolves and great grizzlies survive without a Great Bear Sea to feed and nourish it?

Kirkus Reviews
"As much an invitation to readers to visit this unspoiled area as a description of its wonders, this is a commendable complement to The Sea Wolves and The Salmon Bears."
"Generous quantities of excellent nature photos include engaging close-ups of otter and seal faces, dramatic shots of humpback whales and other finny mammals breaching, and particularly dazzling close-ups of sea stars and other residents of intertidal zones. Along with plenty of eye candy, though, the whole notion that a rainforest ecosystem doesn’t stop at the shoreline makes this particularly valuable for students of ecology and environmental conservation. A handsome, well-designed introduction."
CM Magazine
"There’s an incredibly strong sense of place in the images and sensory detail in this presentation. As in the earlier books, the style of writing makes this book a most engaging read. It’s highly appealing conversational tone is both entertaining and informative...The book does a superb job of underlining the interconnectedness of life in the entire Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem—including the sea—and leaves readers with a certainty that this unique and spectacular place deserves our interest, our respect and our efforts to keep it intact. Highly Recommended."
School Library Journal
"The ecological emphasis is timely and worthwhile."
Resource Links
"A colourful mix of informational text and contextual photography...Loaded with sidebars and fun facts...The book advocates thoughtfully for conservation and environmental protection...An important book [that] should be widely read...Makes an articulate plea on behalf of the creatures—including humans—who live in this exquisite, ecologically sensitive region."
Finding Solutions newsletter
"Shots of breaching whales, dolphins and orcas are spectacular, but it’s the images of a bear eating herring eggs on a rocky shoreline, wolves fishing for salmon and the surprising red, purples and oranges of the intertidal zone that make this book special."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A beautiful book, complete with gorgeous photos, a bibliography, website information and an excellent index...I highly recommend it for addition to middle school and high school libraries."
Sal's Fiction Addiction
"As in the two previous books, the setting is so beautifully presented and described. Because it feels like a conversation, readers will be totally engaged in all that the authors have to share; and share they do. Informative sidebars, dubbed Maritime Morsels, well-written captions for gorgeous, telling photographs kept me reading chapter after chapter...We know that our kids need to spend more time outside, learning to love nature and its many pleasures. It keeps them healthier and more connected to the importance of the greater world itself. It establishes a concern for the natural world, and its inhabitants. If we are going to change what is happening, we need to be informed and sympathetic to some of the concerns expressed so eloquently in this wonderful series of books. They show us that there is hope; it's up to everyone to help preserve our future."
BC Studies
"Well written and organized, divided into short by rich chapters describing an aspect of the ecology through various themes pertaining to marine, aquatic, and terrestrial life…Captivating imagery supplied by Ian McAllister's world-famous photography and straightforward explanations that reach a broad audience…Excellent educational material for school children…Books like The Salmon Bear and The Great Bear Sea play a crucial role in educating us all—youth and adult—about the importance of stewardship and empathy."
Quill & Quire, starred review
? “Solid non-fiction: organized, clear, and reliable. What sets The Great Bear Sea apart from other books of its ilk, however, is the bumptious energy of its writing. Its spirit is that of two little boys, roaring around the seashore and calling to each other to see the latest cool thing. A chatty, avuncular style and gift for accessible metaphors...sometimes explode into sheer joy...The enthusiasm is contagious. Also distinctive is the book’s design. Unobtrusive text layout and a restrained use of sidebars make room for stunning photographs...This is a book to read all the way through, to appreciate the big, amazing picture and serious message."


VOYA’s Perfect Ten list  | 2013 | Commended
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2013 | Commended
Green Earth Book Award nominee  | 2014 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended
Red Cedar Book Award nominee  | 2014 | Short-listed
Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize nominee  | 2014 | Short-listed
Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's Information Book Award nominee  | 2014 | Long-listed

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