Discusses the plants, animals, and characteristics of the ocean biome.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftWith controlled vocabulary and short, simple sentences, this "Explore the Biomes" series is intended to engage the interest of middle readers with below-expectation reading levels and help them access information about varied ecological communities called "biomes." Each book contains five or six short chapters defining the biome, introducing native plants and animals, exploring the role of humans in that ecology, and then offering a "field guide" (quick facts) and a profile of a scientist who works in one of the biomes being studied. Following this formula, the authors have managed to make the brief text as lively as possible; color photos are generally well selected and of much greater interest than is usual in a series from this publisher. Readers will be able to identify major oceans on a world map and learn about ocean plants like kelp and edible seaweed. Other chapters introduce animals of the shore, shallow water, and deep water; for example, blue crabs, sea otters, and viperfish. Stressing conservation, the chapter on human interaction explains the fragility of oceans and dangers from over fishing, pollution, and destruction of habitats. Especially striking are photos of seaweed farmers harvesting plants for sushi and the close-up of a huge-eyed orange shrimp. Readers will meet Dr. Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer who has designed a deep-sea submersible and writes children's books about ocean creatures. These visually attractive books present biome overviews that should be colorful and appealing enough to inspire further research. Each title contains a glossary, a short bibliography, and an index.
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