Young readers are introduced to some of the fascinating creatures that live beneath the waves, while number and shape concepts are explored.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 3-- A brief alliterative, rhythmic text accompanies a host of brilliant full-color photos. The slight text contains some minor quirks. For instance, ``A nose that shines in the dark!'' refers to the luminous fleshy proturberance on the snout of a deep-sea anglerfish. Also the fish on the back cover is not a guineafowl puffer as indicated in the notes. More irksome are such nonscientific phrases as ``Faces that are friendly'' and ``Faces that are fierce.'' Some of the small inset photos lose their definition when placed against multicolored backgrounds, but the others are in clear contrast to the vivid blues and greens of a wavering, watery world. Despite these minor carps, the glowing photos and simple text provide a rare look at some strangely shaped and/or brightly colored ocean dwellers for young readers. A final page names all the fish depicted, page by page, but the pages aren't numbered, and no further information or description is given. --Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
Stephanie ZvirinConcise and descriptive ("Flat fish, round fish / A very long and thin fish"), the minimal text of this book draws us right to the photos--which is exactly where our attention belongs. Wu, whose extraordinary pictures of underwater life have appeared in "National Geographic" as well as other publications, has gathered some wonderful shots for his underwater tour. The exquisite, full-color, full-page photos (intercut with small, attractively placed shots) conduct us to a variety of deep-sea locales and capture some of nature's most bizarre and beautiful fish. Though none of the fish are named in the text itself, Wu identifies all of them on the book's last page. It's too bad he didn't include a few words about each creature and its habitat, too; the photos are bound to make children more than a little bit curious.
- Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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