The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman

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With an emphasis on the impact of the ocean in every aspect of our lives, The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg (Greenwillow Books, 2020), introduces the water cycle by showing how the ocean’s water not only cycles through various stages, but also sustains life that feeds the world, provides oxygen that we all breathe, and gives fresh water through underground aquifers.

Many pages of the book emphasize that our actions where we live likewise impact the sustainability of the oceans, including the baths we take, the toilets we flush, the garbage we discard, and even the balloons we let go of that travel the world. With a reminder that even small actions can help, The Ocean In Your Bathtub provides a nice introduction and reminder that we are all connected on Earth through the water.

The digital illustrations highlight a girl throughout, from her kitchen table to her bathtub, to scuba diving in the ocean. The 2-page spreads are not connected with a chronological story, but all the narrative fits together in a nice volume that goes beyond the water cycle into how the water cycle impacts us.

Reviewed on October 20, 2022

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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