A Safe Home for Manatees

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Only three months old, a baby manatee nuzzles under his 1200-pound mother's flipper for a drink of her rich milk. Soon they will migrate to find more food and a warm place to spend the winter. but, on the way, they will have to dodge speedboats, swim through locks, and endure polluted waters. These gentle giants have roamed tropical lagoons and rivers for almost fifty million years, yet today there are fewer than 3,000 Florida manatees. The ...
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Only three months old, a baby manatee nuzzles under his 1200-pound mother's flipper for a drink of her rich milk. Soon they will migrate to find more food and a warm place to spend the winter. but, on the way, they will have to dodge speedboats, swim through locks, and endure polluted waters. These gentle giants have roamed tropical lagoons and rivers for almost fifty million years, yet today there are fewer than 3,000 Florida manatees. The reason? Their habitat is disappearing.

Priscilla Belz Jenkins and Martin Classen clearly explain what makes up a habitat and what is happening to the manatees as their habitat is destroyed.

Author Biography: Priscilla Belz Jenkins is the author of two other books in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series: A Nest Full of Eggs, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell, and Falcons Nest on Skyscrapers, illustrated by Megan Lloyd. Ms. Jenkins lives in San Rafael, CA.

Martin Classen has illustrated Tide Pools by Ronald Rood. He lives in the Bronx, NY.

Describes the disappearing habitat of the Florida manatee as an introduction to the idea that each animal needs a specific place to live.

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K-Gr 3A simple narrative follows a fictitious female manatee and her baby as she seeks a safe haven with sufficient food and warm, fresh water free from pollutants and human intrusion. Soft blue/green colored pencil and pastel illustrations provide visual reinforcement for young readers unfamiliar with these animals and their habitat and are perfectly matched with the text. There is much mention of human interference in manatee survivalfrom irresponsible boating to deliberate development of wetlandsas the concept of habitats and habitat loss is expounded upon. A concentrated page of data about the mammal is included for report writers, as is a world map depicting global distribution. The whole closes with a suggestion for individuals and/or classrooms to join the Save the Manatee Club address and 800 number are given, but not mentioned is a required "adoption fee". Despite that lapse, this is a nice addition to a helpful, informative, readable series.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060271497
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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