Imani's Undersea Adventure
by T.M. Jackson, Darwin Marfil (Illustrator)
Discover an ocean of Black History with Imani! Imani doesn’t like sharks. They have big mouths, filled with big teeth, perfect for eating small children like her. But when Grandpapa takes Imani to the aquarium, she learns about marine biologists and scuba divers – clever people who study and swim with sharks! As Imani discovers the treasures of the deep, she realizes that the ocean is not always a scary place. And it turns out the seabed holds other secrets too, like treasure and sunken ships. This fun educational read is filled with pioneering African Americans who are sure to inspire the next generation of marine biologists from all over the world. Imani’s story allows parents and caregivers to have important conversations with young readers about difficult aspects of history in a child-friendly, age-appropriate context.
I thought this book was fantastic! It is presented in such a way, I thought that I was reading a scholastic book. The illustrations are great and the learning about scuba divers, sharks, sunken treasure is sure to keep your child interested. This book also talks about the pioneering black marine biologists who study sharks. I loved the details about Imani’s grandfather’s story of when he was a kid and learning to swim and how it was difficult for blacks to get access to a pool. It gave a real relationship feel to the whole trip that the two had going to visit the aquarium that day. I would definitely recommend this book for marine enthusiasts and teachers. This would be an excellent addition to a classroom.
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