About 10 years ago, my husband stumbled upon the glorious world of salt water fish tanks. He instantly fell in love with everything saltwater. From the anemones to the live rock, he had to have it all. For years, we had a gorgeous 55 gallon saltwater fish tank in our living room, but when I got put on bedrest with my youngest, we knew it was time to get rid of it and make room for a baby swing.
But my husband’s love for clown fish, blue tangs and the ocean didn’t end then. We both knew that one day, we would have another saltwater fish tank but it would have to be when life slowed down a little. (Ha! Does that really ever happen?)
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When Bear turned 6, he took his first trip to the local saltwater store. And, just like his dad, he fell in love. He instantly loved the snails and the pumping xenia. So, we decided now would be the time to step back into the wonderful world of saltwater fish tanks.
Having a salt water fish tank is a lot of responsibility! You have to add water to replace what’s evaporated, measure the amount of salt and give them just the right amount of light. While explaining to Bear why it’s so much work to replicate nature, I decided to look for an educational ocean life book, that would dive deeper and help him understand exactly how glorious the ocean is.
Our favorite educational ocean life book:
More Fish Faces: More Photos & Fun Facts About Tropical Reef Fish
More Fish Faces: More Photos & Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish was the perfect book for teaching Bear all about ocean life. It’s jam-packed with colorful photos and interesting facts that make kids fall in love with the ocean.
The book is the second in a series, written by Tam Warner Minton. She’s an incredibly skilled scuba diver and photographer. Tam does an amazing job of taking her readers on an adventure with her, throughout the oceans of the world.
Each page of More Fish Faces boasts amazing detailed photographs that give kids an up-close look of what different fish faces look like. Whether they’re interested in baby eels or pygmy pipehorse, your kids can see them, up close and personal.
For kids like my own, who live in states like Missouri, where they don’t have access to an ocean, this book is a goldmine. They can get a real sense of just how big the ocean is and how many different types of creatures live there. The bite-size chunks of information in this ocean life book make learning about all the different creatures a breeze.
Hands-down, my favorite part of the book is that Tam has listed exactly where each photo in the book was taken. We’ve learned about so many new locations, by looking up the locations on a map. Then, we talk about what we imagine life is like in that area. Afterwards, we do a little bit of research and discover if our thoughts were accurate or not.
Some questions to ask when looking at the photos in More Fish Faces:
- Is this location warm or cold?
- Is the area heavily populated?
- How might the residents rely on this type of fish?
- Would you eat this type of ocean animal?
- What are this fish’s special features?
If your family loves sea life as much as mine does, you don’t want to miss this educational ocean life book!