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Children's LiteratureThis book is part of the series "Water Habitats." It makes a great supplement to the elementary school curriculum. The beautiful photographs provide close-up views of marine life. Children also learn about dunes, barnacles, shells, and birds. The text is written at a second grade reading level, and the large font, stunning photographs, and the subject entice even a reluctant reader. In the "Note to Parents and Educators," Susan Nations, M.Ed., an author, literacy coach, and a consultant in literacy development, explains how the series is designed to help children learn about the animals and plants that live in and around water. She also explains how the books can be used in classroom reading groups. The glossary is short, explaining six of the water habitat words that are used most often in the book. The "For More Information" page lists books and web sites the reader can use to continue to study this topic. Other books in this series include: Coral Reefs, Lakes Ocean Floors, Rivers, and Wetlands. They are available in English as well as in a bilingual English/Spanish version. 2006, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 4 to 8.