"Under the Ocean, Explore and discover New Zealand's sea life" Barraud
Under the Ocean introduces young children to the creatures that live in the seas around New Zealand. The book describes different habitats: underwater reefs, the sea floor, the open ocean and the deep ocean. Animals featured in the fact pages include octopus and squid, sharks and rays, whales, dolphins, penguins and many others. Under the Ocean is the third volume in the Explore and Discover series, following Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud's best-selling At the Beach, which was a finalist in the non-fiction section of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and the popular title In the Garden. Under the Ocean was written in response to children's requests to have a book that included sea creatures such as sharks, octopus and giant squid. Although children can't explore the sea first hand in the way they can explore a garden or the beach, they are fascinated by the amazing creatures that live in the ocean.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Non-Fiction 2015.
Gillian Candler is the author of At the Beach and In the Garden, and was the convenor of judges for the 2012 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. She was a teacher for many years, before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media, and currently works from home in Pukerua Bay as a writer and consultant. Gillian has always been fascinated by wild animals, and enjoys watching sea creatures while sailing or snorkelling. NED BARRAUD is a talented illustrator with a passion for New Zealand's wildlife. His work has been published frequently in the School Journal, and he illustrated At the Beach, In the Garden and The Earthquake and the Butterfly. He works at Weta Digital as a texture artist and lives in Wellington, spending lots of time by the sea with his three young children.