Fish species are threatened by a variety of situations created by humans. This nonfiction text has several levels of information about fish for the reader. First, the main picture book text is simple. It tells a basic fact about how fish are being harmed, and it tells what we can do about it. Then, on each spread a different fish is featured in a sidebar. More specific information is given about that fish. The illustrations also provide a detailed glimpse of the specific water habitat of that fish and the surrounding vegetation. The illustrations also show how humans are negatively impacting the fish. Each fish highlighted in this text are from different types of waters. From fish that live near coral reefs, to fish that live in freshwater streams, this book covers a wide variety. The endpapers give maps of North America highlighting the area where each fish can be found. The back matter also gives a bibliography, fascinating fish facts, and websites for further research. This book would be an excellent resource for science classrooms that focus on habitats, animals, and human impact on the environment. Because there are various levels to the text, it can also be used for multiple age groups. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Environmental threats facing fish in various habitats around the world are introduced in a picture-book, read-aloud format. Each two-page entry makes a general statement of a problem, e.g., "Some fish are so beautiful that people like to keep them as pets" and resolves it with a hopeful action statement, e.g., "When people stop catching these colorful creatures, fish can live and grow." Sidebars briefly describe a species affected by the threat and actions that can be taken to resolve it. Each entry repeats the same phrase, "fish can live and grow." The information is presented in a simple and idealistic way for young readers. The full-color illustrations on every page are very detailed, but some of the fish have humanlike eyes.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.