Giant Isopods and Other Crafty Crustaceans

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What is bioluminescence?

How deep in the ocean do giant isopods live?

Do People eat giant isopods?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in Giant Isopods and Other Crafty Crustaceans.

Each title in Creatures of the Deep looks at unique and fascinating sea creatures. Learn about the natural ...

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Overview

What is bioluminescence?

How deep in the ocean do giant isopods live?

Do People eat giant isopods?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in Giant Isopods and Other Crafty Crustaceans.

Each title in Creatures of the Deep looks at unique and fascinating sea creatures. Learn about the natural history and adaptations of these exotic species. And become more ecologically aware as you discover the issues and conservation effects surrounding these deep-sea animals.

Features of the series:

thrilling deep-sea images and colorful illustrations.

high-interest fact boxes

full glossary and further resources section.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
What in the world is pictured on the cover of this book? Is it a bug? A science fiction character? No, it's an isopod, a crustacean measuring two and a half feet long that hitched a ride on a submarine exploring the deep ocean in 2010. Wow! These isopods, sometimes called "monster bugs," live in very deep sea habitats, so it is hard for humans to study them. Judging from the book, part of Raintree's "Creatures of the Deep" series, studying these critters is well worth it. Easy to understand text describes what life is like in a deep sea habitat for these diverse creatures (crustaceans can look very different but have one thing in common: two sets of antennae). Deep sea habitats aren't the only ones in which isopods live. Remember that childhood fascination with pill bugs, the ones that roll into a ball? Isopods! Whether "crafty" is the right word or not, these animals are amazing. Marine crustaceans include crabs, sea-slaters that live under rocks and have seven pairs of legs, plus aquatic isopods that closely resemble their terrestrial cousins. The book, with its lively format and colorful illustrations, includes information about eating behavior, reproduction and avoiding predators. Especially interesting are pages discussing ways scientists study deep sea isopods. Young readers will have to pay particular attention to subject matter, i.e., is this particular creature an isopod, crustacean, neither, both or what? The book's main focus seems to ramble a bit. The book includes glossary, index, book and web site lists, as well as information about saving deep sea habitats. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410942050
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: Creatures of the Deep
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 782,471
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

The Mysterious Deep Sea 4

Life in the Deep Sea 6

Deep-Sea Giants 8

Crafty Crustaceans 10

Marine Isopods 12

Giant Isopods 14

Giant Eggs and Roly-Polies 16

Boiled Shrimp 18

Wood-Eating Crabs 20

Blind Lobsters, Furry Lobsters 22

Exploring the Deep Sea 24

Cool Tools 26

Saving the Deep Sea 28

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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