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From The CriticsLooking at Animals in the Oceans highlights the creatures that spend their lives in the great saltwater environments of the world. Striking photography accompanies an informative narrative that describes adaptations each animal possesses in order to thrive in its unique watery niche. The book includes a world map keyed to each animal's geographic range. An index of terms, such as "plankton" and "tentacles," is included as well.
One dozen animals make up the content of the book, and many of their links in regional food chains are described. A one-to-two-paragraph profile on each animal mentions facts that are sure to pique the curiosity of readers aged 6 to 12, such as the following description of the dolphin: "If a dolphin is sick, other dolphins will help it to float along until it is better." The only fault of the book might be that even more saltwater creatures would be well represented in it. But given the youthful audience, a dozen animals and 32 pages are an ideal breadth of coverage.
This volume's rich content, served up in bite-sized chunks, and striking action shots of animals at work and play make the book an ideal bedtime reader or bookshelf reference for children from grades 1 to 6. (from the Looking at Series.) Highly Recommended, Grades 1-6. REVIEWER: Jeffrey Weld