This colorful book introduces young readers to the fascinating life cycles of ocean-dwelling families such as walruses, sea dragons, and leatherback sea turtles. The author describes the secrets of growing up in the sea and encourages readers to protect the ocean's delicate habitats.
- Wendy Ricci
Bold, colorful illustrations and interesting facts draw the reader into the fascinating world of sea animals. Throughout the text, the reader is invited to imagine what it is like to be each type of animal from the moment at which it is born. The author has included familiar favorites of children such as the penguin, dolphin, and polar bear. He has also included the more unusual such as the leafy sea dragon, leatherback turtle, and coral catfish. Children will learn about the birth of young marine life, the food chain, the variety of habitats, and the methods used for survival. This is an excellent book for young children since the text includes easy to understand, memorable facts.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mallory introduces the watery worlds of 14 different ocean dwellers and describes how they are born, grow, and learn to survive. He asks readers to imagine how it must feel to have the tail and fins of a fish, the waterproof fur of a sea otter, the leathery shell of a turtle, etc. Full-color illustrations on double-page spreads pair close-up and distant perspectives of each animal. Facts about size, habitat, physical characteristics, and behavior are worked into the brief narrative. The information presented is very basic, and the undistinguished artwork will not put this into the category of "must have." Nevertheless, the theme of growing up and living in a family make this title accessible to young children.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY