“Fabulously fascinating!” exclaims Fox.
I am so immensely pleased that this book exists. Benjamin Flouw’s Constellation of the Deep is such a simple story with a pretty clear purpose, but even better it is presented so masterfully. Now, I personally adored this book, but I recognize that probably all children will not. That said, it’s an absolutely mesmerizing story that takes young readers on a journey of learning alongside a plant-loving fox.
I requested this for the fox.
It’s not really surprising that what pulled me into this story was the fact that the main character was a fox. I was mildly curious about the underwater constellation aspect of it, which pulled me in via the title, but my end decision to read Constellation of the Deep was based solely on the kind of animal the character was.
I think if your child loves foxes they might have the same reaction I did.
Wonderfully, Constellation of the Deep is an incredible text that teaches all about the different plants of the ocean. The best thing about this book is that it offers insight that could educate adults as well as children. I’ve always been a huge fan of children’s books that I can come away having learned something from and I’m so excited that this is one of them.
The plot, overall, is very simple. But the best part about it is that the story sends wonderful messages. First of learning about plants and the ocean, and second of caring about ocean pollution. The only thing that Flouw could have done better was to make everything a little more exciting for his no-doubt antsy readers.
Foxes and Colors
Ah, the artwork in this book is so gorgeous. The characters are very human-like in their shape, which I’m not the biggest fan of but I think it works well for the story Flouw is telling. Beautiful colors are peppered throughout this book, keeping everything vibrant and engaging for any kid flipping through its pages. Different kinds of ocean plants are depicted throughout. I recall being quite impressed by the bit about all the different kinds of coral one might be able to find in the reef.
A Wonderful Book
Honestly, the only thing I would change about this book would be to increase the excitement level. As wonderful as this book is, I don’t foresee it being one to hold every child’s attention simply for the fact that it is a very slow exploration book. I think there was ample opportunity for some wild-ness to occur and the book still could have told the same wonderful story while also imparting the knowledge.
All in all, this is a fantastic story that I would love to add to my shelf.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.