Fish or fishes, what will it be? Read this book to find out which is the correct word to use when talking about the swimming creatures. When you do, you will discover that the commonality between all fishes is that they have a backbone and gills. Concise chapters are filled with information about how a fish's body works, where fish live, ways they camouflage themselves for protection and how they are classified into groups. As in her other books, Melissa Stewart again uses comparisons with which children can identify when talking about speed, size and bodily functions. Big print and sharp, well-captioned photos enhance the text. Strange facts about fish that can live out of water, male fish that give birth, and fish as flat as a pancake will pique the reader's interest. Information about fishes as sources of food, pets, aids for scientific study and contributors to our ecosystem is also covered. This book is one in the 50 plus series entitled "A True Book of Animals." Additional resources for information, a glossary and an index follow the regular text. Budding oceanographers and curious readers will enjoy this read when it becomes part of your resource shelf. 2001, Children's Press/Grolier, $22.00 and $6.95. Ages 8 to 11. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury AGES: 8 9 10 11
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.