About Crustaceans: A Guide for Children

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Those headed to the shore will appreciate About Crustaceans, a cheery collection of facts about lobsters, crabs and barnacles. As an elementary school teacher, Cathryn Sill knows both what intrigues her audience and how to present the information in short, concise sentences. Youngsters learn that crustaceans "feel, smell and taste with their antennae" and can regrow a leg that has been bitten off. Her minimal text works well with her artist-husband's detailed illustrations. Through his watercolors, John Sill lets young readers examine a crustacean close up (a blue crab with pincers agape) or reveals another (krill being consumed by a blue whale) as part of the larger ecosystem. An afterword provides additional information about the crustaceans featured. 2004, Peachtree, Ages 3 to 7.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Full-page, realistic paintings face white pages with simple sentences. A basic description of what makes an animal a crustacean is followed by explanations of how these invertebrates use their senses, move around, protect themselves, find food, and fit into our world. Done in bright watercolors, the illustrations give a sense of these creatures' different habitats, and captions identify all of the species shown by their common names. An afterword reprints each painting in a small black-and-white version and provides more facts about the specific animals and processes depicted. This is an excellent example of easy nonfiction, perfect for beginning readers or for sharing aloud with budding naturalists.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young naturalist's guide to the hard-bodied creatures often spotted at the seashore introduces crustaceans as animals that have a hard shell protecting their soft bodies. Children will especially enjoy the cooler facts that are included-crustaceans shed their shells when they get too small, some have eyes on stalks, and some can even regenerate a lost limb. Sill explains the difference between a scavenger and a predator, as well as the fact that crustaceans are also an important part of the food chain. The text features simple language and short sentences and defines vocabulary within the sentence, making it easy for children to learn new words. Marvelous paintings evoke the seashore, with all its color and fluidity. Each plate is numbered and labeled with the crustacean's name, along with the names of other animals in the scene. An afterword gives more details about the animals featured, but would be more appealing to young readers if it were opposite the full-color illustrations instead of at the back of the book and in black and white. An excellent first resource book for young children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454051
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,454,722
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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