Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin (Hardcover)
Experience a day in the life of an Alvin pilot and join scientists at the seafloor to collect samples and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in a underwater craft and find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans. Extensive back matter explains how Alvin works, describes the author's research, and includes a glossary and further reading.
"An appealing, exhilarating, and informative vicarious journey of discovery" —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"Wong’s detailed illustrations add an exciting immediacy to the descent and to the glowing wonders of the deep”—Washington Post
Nicole Wong has illustrated many books for children, including To the Stars!; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; Maxwell's Mountain; and Wild Rose's Weaving. www.nicole-wong.com
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Since its first launch in 1965, only 40 men and 1 woman have piloted the deep-sea submersible Alvin. Young readers can imagine themselves as one of the pilots in this sensory-rich picture book that uses second-person narration to describe a typical mission in the Pacific Ocean. As the pilot and two scientists (one of whom is a woman) squeeze into the tiny human-occupied vehicle (HOV) and prepare to launch, a surface crew performs final checks. As Alvin "sinks, / slowly spinning / DOWN DOWN DOWN," the digitally rendered illustrations depict not only the progressively darker ocean color but also the changes in marine life, until the HOV, two miles deep, reaches the ocean floor. Here the scientists investigate, record, analyze, and take samples of this extreme ecosystem, avoiding such calamities as rocky columns that could pin them below the surface, before finally resurfacing. Both the wonder and danger are palpable. Back matter offers more information on Alvin and some of the strange organisms living in the ocean's deepest waters. An inviting look at scientists in action.
On the Alvin submersible, three scientists dive into the Pacific Ocean to discover if life thrives at the bottom of the sea. Written in a loose logbook style, the book captures the emotions of the scientists who are hopeful that their work could lead to new discoveries. Cusolito’s narrative takes readers through a normal day on the Alvin and uses sound effects, repetition, and challenging vocabulary to provide kids with a suspenseful and informative plot. (“Alvin sinks, slowly spinning DOWN DOWN DOWN. Your stomach flutters.”) Wong’s realistic yet subdued digital illustrations are a perfect match for the subject matter. In addition, the font color contrasts with the background, making for an easy reading experience. VERDICT: A captivating story that introduces and encourages scientific study, specifically the field of oceanography. A great addition to STEM collections
—School Library Journal
Michelle Cusolito takes readers on a "you are there" mission to examine the site of once-active underwater volcanoes: "Animals here thrive in toxic chemicals, blistering temperatures, and intense pressure. But you're safe inside Alvin." The machine called Alvin can fit only one additional person than the Bathysphere did, but it goes much deeper (more than 14,000 feet, or almost three miles). Nicole Wong's detailed illustrations add an exciting immediacy to the descent and to the flowing wonders of the deep.
—The Washington Post
“You” are the pilot of Alvin, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s deep-sea submersible first launched in 1965 and still diving deep. A clear text evokes the nearly two-mile journey to the ocean floor, where you and the two scientists aboard “survey the site, confirm thriving life, and collect specimens.” Readers are introduced to the basics of Alvin’s tasks and the nature of the deep-sea biome. Digital illustrations are both exact in their depiction of Alvin’s wondrous mechanics and evocative in their survey of the seemingly otherworldly life deep in the sea. Appended material includes a glossary, a list of resources, and contextualizing notes; kids will doubtless enjoy the instruction to Alvin’s passengers to “PB4UGO.”
—Horn Book Magazine