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Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1580898114
LANGUAGE:English

"I appreciate that this book is accessible to a younger elementary-aged audience. Typically books about less mainstream topics tend to be offered primarily to upper elementary readers. And nonfiction books for younger elementary readers tend to be more dumbed-down than they need to be. An advanced second grader could probably read this and she would find it fascinating. It's not fair to this book that I'm reviewing it the same day as the Katherine=Roy-illustrated Otis and Will. Flying Deep's artwork pales in comparison and it's why it's getting 3 stars instead of the 4 it probably deserves." said.

"I especially liked the way the story is told as though the reader is going along on the mission to explore the deep sea. From there, the rhythm of the language is almost like waves as the experience of being inside ALVIN unfolds. Beautiful, soft illustrations compliment the sensory details of the ALVIN trip, making the whole book an undersea experience. I loved the way the text is sprinkled with questions that invite the reader to share their own ideas and thoughts. It was interesting that time stamps were included to give a clear picture of how long the journey took." said.

"I feel like Michelle Cusolito could've written FLYING DEEP utilizing a range of POV's, but it's incredibly refreshing that it was ultimately written in second person - which allows the reader to do what books do best: immerse themselves in a world entirely different from their own. Though quite obviously a nonfiction picture book, I think that FLYING DEEP excels because it takes you along for a mission aboard Alvin (with nuanced and textured illustrations from Nicole Wong), as if this was a work of fiction. There is tension, there is plot, there is adventure. I'm not quite sure this book really needs 'permission to launch', as it already has...quite swimmingly, I'd add." said.

"Kids (and grownups) have always been fascinated by what lies deep beneath the surface of the ocean. This fascinating nonfiction book takes readers onboard ALVIN, a deep-sea submersible craft. The book discusses the details of diving, the dangers the pilot of the submersible might encounter, how the scientists on board collect specimens for study, and many other interesting topics. Years ago, I took a ride on a submarine in Grand Cayman (Atlantis) and loved looking at the underwater life so far down below the surface. This book is has a nice bibliography and list of resources, including websites, at the back. This is a terrific nonfiction resource to have on the shelf." said.

"Flying Deep is an interesting book about what it’s like to be in a deep sea submersible. It focuses on the pilot and the trip to the sea floor. There are a few pages of illustrations with animals found in the deep sea - large sized clams, a dumbo octopus, tube worms...

The kids were a bit worried about the lives of “specimens” caught, so we read the back matter. (The back matter talks about fish that explode at the surface, so, not likely that the specimens survived.)

The kids liked the back matter, especially the part about the PB4UGO sign.

The kids also thought the illustrations of the dumbo octopus were adorable.

They voted to give this story 5 stars. Great book for kids who like to read about science, the sea & things that go (transportation).

The book seems more aimed towards older children (elementary school students or older preschoolers).

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"Alvin is a deep-sea submersible that seats just three people. In this picture book, readers take a journey with Alvin’s crew down into the sea to collect specimens, survey the site and look for life. Light dims and temperatures drop as Alvin descends. At nearly two miles down, they reach the seafloor. There are small crabs, glassy rocks and vent chimneys. Pompeii worms sway in the current and clams nestle in the rocks. There are other surprises too! Soon the specimens are stored and it’s time to slowly ascend to the surface once more.

There is a gorgeous natural drama to this nonfiction picture book that simply shows what scientists encounter as they explore the depths of the sea. Refreshingly, there is no artificial accidents or incidents used, just the depth itself and the sights to be seen. The book contains information about Alvin, a glossary of terms and a list of organisms with information on each. The illustrations are dramatic and use the play of darkness, beams of light and the different light at various depths very effectively.

Immensely readable, this would make a grand nonfiction addition to a story time. Appropriate for ages 5-7.
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"Michelle Cusolito’s book, Flying Deep had my Son, Kaden hooked at first glance. It's an engaging book that allows children to experience a day in the life in the driver's seat of the deep-sea submersible ALVIN. While exploring and collecting data and samples along with scientists this is one exciting journey. While you voyage down deep to the floor of the ocean you get to see what a real life day would look like. All the ins and outs... like seeing crazy critters like the ghost crab or cottony fields of bacteria. And a few not so cool things like not having a bathroom, a few unforeseen dangers and maybe the occasional stomach flutter.
What I really found interesting is the way the narration puts you inside the journey to learn about life in the crazy deep ocean. Kaden loved learning about the different critters and whats hiding down there, just waiting to be discovered. Having the Glossary and additional info in the back of the book was very helpful. We homeschool and were able to use this book along with our Oceanography Unit Study we were working on last week.
I received an ARC to read and give my honest review.
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"Brief summary: Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN, written by Michelle Cusolito, Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Join the pilot of the submersible Alvin as he and two scientists spend a day exploring the ocean floor near an underwater volcano. You'll travel down through layers of darkening water, until two miles down, you reach an alien world filled with novel forms of life. As you cruise past black smokers, Alvin's light illuminates an entire food web, one that thrives far from the reaches of the sun's light. See giant tube worms, a ghost crab, a Dumbo octopus – to name a few. In the late afternoon you'll rise and return to the base ship with baskets full of samples to study. It's like a day spent in a fantasy world, only it's real!

What I love about this book: I love how the text and illustrations work together to make the reader feel like they are actually riding in Alvin, hearing the sounds, seeing the sights, and feeling the power, beauty and mystery of the ocean around them. I loved learning about creatures that otherwise would be inaccessible to us. I also like the back matter, which dives deeper and provides a an even richer learning experience through a glossary, descriptions of the organisms, and notes from the author and illustrator.
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