Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang
How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas

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Acclaimed Caldecott artist Molly Bang paints a stunning, sweeping view of our ever-changing oceans.

In this timely book, award-winner Molly Bang uses her signature poetic language and dazzling illustrations to introduce the oceanic world. From tiny aquatic plants to the biggest whale or fish, Bang presents a moving, living picture of the miraculous balance sustaining each life cycle and food chain deep within our wondrous oceans.

On land or in the deep blue sea, we are all connected--and we are all a part of a grand living landscape. Co-authored by award-winning M.I.T. professor Penny Chisholm, a leading expert on ocean science, OCEAN SUNLIGHT is packed with clear, simple science. This informative, joyous book will help children understand and celebrate the astonishing role our oceans play in human life.


About Molly Bang

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Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including WHEN SOPHIE GETS ANGRY--REALLY, REALLY ANGRY...; TEN, NINE, EIGHT; and THE GREY LADY AND THE STRAWBERRY SNATCHER, each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Norther California.Penny Chisholm is a professor at MIT where she has been teaching Ecology for over thirty years. She and her students do research on phytoplanktonùtiny plants that feed all life in the oceans. Her research was most recently awarded the Agassiz Medal of the National Academy of Sciences.
Published May 1, 2012 by The Blue Sky Press. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math.

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An awe-inspiring lesson in photosynthesis goes under the sea.

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Publishers Weekly

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As she did in Living Sunlight and My Light, Bang creates a character out of the sun, this time focusing on its role in the ocean’s ecosystems: “My light-energy,/ first caught by phytoplankton,/ flows through/ the ocean’s chains of life.” Bang creates dimension and visual drama with her us...

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Project MUSE

Following up her energy-based science picture books My Light (BCCB 3/04) and Living Sunlight (BCCB 4/09), Molly Bang, along with co-author Penny Chisholm, turns her attention to the seas.

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The Horn Book

The authors bring a fresh perspective to the topic of food chains, focusing here on the critical and voluminous ocean-based plant life — plankton — and the transfer of energy and nutrients from the sun to these microscopic plants to ocean animals and back.

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