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Children's LiteratureAs the author of this title so beautifully puts it, only a few, fortunate people are able to visit the underwater world. But young readers can do the next best thing—tour the seas with this colorful, fact-filled book as guide. Beginning with a list of the varieties of underwater habitats, the author explains fish anatomy, how fish have evolved through the ages, and how one fish in particular, the coelacanth, has not. But that just begins to tell about these remarkable vertebrates. How do they use their fins and tails for swimming, leaping above the surface or even crawling along the sea floor? Are all fish scales alike? What about the vast variety of fish shapes, sizes and colors? How do fish breed? Do they have the same senses—taste, touch, sight, smell, hearing—that people do? No book about fish would be complete without attention to fish we find particularly interesting—sharks, of course; the "snakes of the sea," the eels; flat fish and fish that people eat. Just as a visit to an unfamiliar place features a variety of geographical areas, so a tour of the underwater world includes a glimpse of the variety of habitats in which fish live: the deep ocean, the seashore, freshwater streams, lakes and ponds, and coral reefs. Finally, just as some terrestrial animals are in trouble, so are many, many fish, often from people who pollute, overfish and damage habitats. This book, part of the "Animal Kingdom Classification" series, also provides information on animal classification and the animal phyla from which most fish come. This is one of those remarkable books that young readers will come back to over and over to enjoy the colorful, lively format and learn more with eachvisit. It includes a glossary, an index and a list of further resources. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.