Publication Date: September 8, 2020 | Grade Levels: Preschool -3
Good Morning! I hope your coffee cup is full and the weather is beautiful where you! We all know that the ultimate test of whether a children’s book is stellar is whether our kids or students love the book. And today I’m happy to share with you one of my little boy’s recent favorites: John Hare‘s wordless picture book Field Trip to the Ocean Deep.
Quick Summary. Right before the return trip back up to the surface, one student is left behind on the ocean floor. A red sea creature, however, comes to his rescue until the vessel returns to pick him up.
Critique. The wordless quality of Field Trip to the Ocean Deep invites readers to create their own sea tale. Hare’s bright acrylic paintings capture young readers’ attention, and the varying panel layouts add variety. This is an absolutely charming adventure of curiosity and wonder. And although the book’s focus is on exploring the sea, it has a strong message about helping others. Budding photographers will also appreciate this text!
Teaching Ideas. Here are some teaching ideas for Field Trip to the Ocean Deep:
- Photograph a story. Invite students to take photographs of what they think is interesting in their daily life, and then create a story around it.
- Is it Atlantis? The little boy who is left behind maybe comes across Atlantis. Ask students to look up some information on Atlantis so they can decide if Atlantis is in the book or not.
- Create a virtual field trip. So many teachers designed virtual field trips during remote learning, but why not have students choose a tech tool and create a virtual field trip for their classmates?
A beautiful book that your children and students will love, Field Trip to the Ocean Deep earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️