Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea


Jenkins, Steve. Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

Genre: informational text (not biography)

Reading Level: NC1040L

Summary: This is a factual book about life in the deepest part of the ocean. Jenkins does a great job taking his readers from the surface of the ocean “down, down, down” to the sea floor. He provides information about how much of our planet is comprised of water, and he also shares facts about unusual sea creatures found deep in the ocean. This is a truly informational text because besides sharing information about deep sea life, Jenkins provides the temperature of the water at each level, making the deep, unknown parts of the ocean much more accessible to his audience.

Rationale for Classroom Use: Class compiles list of creatures found in the book and creates a class mural of marine life, from the top of the ocean to the bottom.

Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


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