Library Book Parade: Under Water, Under Earth

August 16, 2017

Under Water, Under Earth from Big Picture Press is an immersive, encyclopedic book exploring what’s under the surface.

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Under Water, Under Earth is a work of creative non-fiction by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, inviting you to explore the fascinating world just beneath the surface. Brought to us by the same powerful creative duo who gave us Maps, this intricately illustrated book has clever duality — it can be read from both sides, depending on whether you want to investigate under the waves or beneath the soil.

One of my favorite things about Under Water, Under Earth is how immersive it is, and that the topics are very broad. This book isn’t just about earth science. It’s encyclopedic, and covers aspects of nature, history, engineering, science, and more. The visual language is striking. It is packed with facts and rich, colorful illustrations and is an excellent read both to dip into before bed or as part of a learning module for children. I have learned so much from this book, and it’s a great tool to help me fulfill my goal to learn something new every day. 

Under Water topics:

  • Lakes and the ocean
  • Buoyancy
  • Coral reefs
  • Sinkholes
  • Water pressure
  • Diving and record breaking divers
  • History of diving suits
  • History of submarines
  • Silent travelers: modern submarines
  • Giants of the deep
  • Oil and gas platforms
  • Scientists underwater
  • The Titanic
  • Underwater chimneys
  • Deep dwellers, Anglerfish and lantern fish
  • The Mariana Trench
  • Deepsea Challenger

Under Earth topics:

  • Bugs and microorganisms
  • Anthills
  • Burrowing animals
  • Edible roots and more
  • Deep roots
  • Underground utilities
  • Natural gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Sewage
  • Tunnels
  • Subways
  • Archaeological finds
  • Paleontological finds
  • Caves
  • Mines, Mined resources
  • Tectonic plates
  • How volcanoes form
  • How geysers form
  • Layers of the Earth
  • The core

I also love the size of the book–it’s huge! This means it can be read easily and the illustrations are bold and clear. It’s horizontal layout makes it a great book to stretch out across laps.

Ideas for supplemental learning activities for Under Water, Under Earth

1. Read Under Water, Under Earth on location!
2. Encourage your child to get dirty and dig!
  • Pretend to be a burrowing animal
  • Pretend to be an archaeologist:give them a paintbrush and uncover dinosaur bone toys
3. Garden together

Check out this great post from a fellow blogger at Living for the Sunshine: 5 Reasons You Should be Gardening with Your Kids. Plant root veggies and watch them grow! Harvesting is a great way to see Under Earth in action.

4. Experiments and crafts
5. Get an ant farm

I used to love ant farms as a kid! We bought Stella one when she was 3, and it was a great learning tool. Even as a young child, she could help feed the ants and watch them move and build.

6. Watch YouTube Videos

At our house, we use YouTube like a visual encyclopedia. Here’s three excellent videos to help illustrate ideas in Under Water, Under Earth.

7. Bath time play

Pretend to be a diver in the bath, play with fish and submarines and more with these fantastic toys.

Other reading:

  • Read more about Under Water, Under Earth in this delightfully insightful interview with its creators over at Illustoria. 
  • Check out how this family over at Playing by the Book explored Under Water, Under Earth tangibly by making a model.

More books by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

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    Wow this book looks amazing. I’m pinning it for later because it looks like a great homeschooling resource for kids to not even realize they’re learning!

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      It would be an excellent resource for homeschoolers. We don’t homeschool, but I encourage lots of learning at home. Learning is FUN and one of my favorite things, and I think with parents’ enthusiasm, all children can love to learn.

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    This post is full of ideas! The illustrations in this book are great! What a cool concept book.

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    Caitlin @RogersPartyof5

    This book looks like a great find. I will have to check it out with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Maria h

    Wow it looks like a really awesome book and sounds so interactive. It would be a totally fun book to read, I bet!
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    these look like awesome books for oler kids!

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