Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin

Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin


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Climb aboard Alvin, the famous deep-sea submersible credited with helping to find the Titanic, and take a trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580898416
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 328,661
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Michelle A. Cusolito won the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award for an early version of Flying Deep. She has worked as a fourth grade teacher, a curriculum specialist, and an adjunct professor. She lives in Rochester, MA.

Nicole Wong has illustrated many books for children, including To the Stars!; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; Maxwell's Mountain; and Wild Rose's Weaving.

Read an Excerpt

Imagine you’re the pilot of Alvin, a deep-sea submersible barely big enough for three. Today you’ll investigate the site of deadly explosions. Many years ago, underwater volcanoes erupted. Red-hot lava blasted from deep inside Earth. An ecosystem was destroyed. Remarkably, life returned again and again.
Your mission: Survey the site, confirm thriving life, and collect specimens. What will you discover?

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Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NVCrittenden More than 1 year ago
This book quite literally immerses you in the experience of piloting the Alvin deep-sea submersible to the ocean floor. Vivid descriptions and gorgeous illustrations left me wishing I could journey to the bottom of the sea, too. A great story for budding marine biologists and adventurers.
JoleneG More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what ocean life is like down deep? Join the crew of the Alvin as they go on an underwater mission to collect samples! Young readers will love being included in this journey--this is the kind of book that will make kids want to become scientists, and the beautiful artwork enhances the adventure.
Shandamc More than 1 year ago
Flying Deep submerges the reader into the submarine experience … the cramped space, the simple sandwich, the hissing sounds from the oxygen tanks. And the submarine submerges into the deep ocean rarely seen by humans at all!
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
The author takes the reader along for the ride as ALVIN descends into the ocean depths. Step by step, we see how the vehicle is launched, how it maneuvers, and what its mission is. We also get the play by play with radio communication to the ship on the surface, which would be totally fun in a read-aloud with some crackle and static realism in a darkened classroom with the images projected on a screen. The narrator uses present tense which allows readers to vicariously experience this scientific mission. This very unique book is sure to get kids interested in marine sciences.
Juana Martinez-Neal More than 1 year ago
Michelle Cusolito's writing is engaging and picks the curiosity of the young readers. Nicole Wong's illustration are detailed and at the same time full of sensitivity and emotion. A great pairing for a fabulous book that will get us some future explorers and scientists!
JessicaOliveros More than 1 year ago
This picture book takes a mission-like approach to operating a deep-sea submersible. The text invites young readers to participate in the sea-floor dive in Alvin, which is just big enough for three. The book is divided into hours, which lends more to the feeling of being in the submersible with the scientists. I loved the back-and-forth between the divers and the control station, as well as the use of onomatopoeias. There are discoveries made along the sea floor--ghost crabs, vent chimneys, and Pompei worms among them--which I think kids would love to read about. The illustrations are appealing. The text is clear and interesting. This is a perfect example of a nonfiction book that is super accessible to children.