Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers

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Dive down to the depths of our planet’s oceans and see the stunning variety of creatures that call this watery environment home. These incredible marine animals and their ocean habitats are among our most precious and endangered resources.

In a dazzling underwater adventure, Caldecott Honor–winning artist David McLimans uses fins, flippers, and tentacles to create numerical masterpieces. From the smallest tiger tail sea horse to the giant humpback whale, this aquatic menagerie ...

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Overview

Dive down to the depths of our planet’s oceans and see the stunning variety of creatures that call this watery environment home. These incredible marine animals and their ocean habitats are among our most precious and endangered resources.

In a dazzling underwater adventure, Caldecott Honor–winning artist David McLimans uses fins, flippers, and tentacles to create numerical masterpieces. From the smallest tiger tail sea horse to the giant humpback whale, this aquatic menagerie will captivate readers of all ages as they count up to ten and back down again. McLimans also explores the powers of ten to showcase amazing ocean facts from one to one billion! Once you wet your feet with this eye-popping visual treat, your view of the ocean will be forever transformed.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Like his alphabet book, Gone Wild, McLimans is less interested in numbers than in building awareness of the urgency of protecting animals and habitats that are among our most precious and endangered natural resources. As the book counts up to 10 and back down again, each spread features a marine animal whose shape forms the numeral in bold calligraphy against a black or blue background. Aside from the marvelous octopus who forms an 8, there isn't any correlation between the numeral and the quantity. However, sidebars on each page give technical information about the class, habitats, aquatic regions, threats and status of the creature. The last few pages provide more detailed information about each animal, as well as books and online resources dedicated to marine ecology. Graphically, this is a stunning book and it offers excellent material for any classroom or home interested in marine life. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Gr 3-5

Using animal-shaped numbers from 1 to 10 and back again, McLimans introduces various marine creatures and their survival status. An African penguin, sea lamprey, tiger tail sea horse, and blue-ringed octopus are among the featured species. The text boxes accompanying each entry are not offset as distinctly as they were in the author's Gone Wild (Walker, 2006), so viewers are not sure where to look first. The boxes include the class to which each marine animal belongs, its habitat, aquatic region, threats, and status ("vulnerable," "endangered," and "critically endangered"), but the terms are not defined. Between the count up and count down is a spread of "Ocean Facts by the Numbers," which presents various statistics in the power of 10. For example, "Less than 1 percent of water on Earth is freshwater," "Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds every year," and "About 1 billion people live in coastal urban centers, and the resulting overdevelopment threatens almost 50 percent of the world's coastal habitats." The black silhouetted numbers are sinuous and compelling in this unique and imaginative description of the dangers facing ocean life today.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Kirkus Reviews
In a visually gripping follow-up to his Caldecott Honor-winning Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2006), McLimans has created a gallery of threatened or officially endangered sea creatures shaped like the numerals 1 to 10 and back. As stylized as animals in Northwest Coastal art and rendered in black, white and a particularly intense blue, each of the central figures is flanked by a smaller, more realistic silhouette, plus basic habitat and status information. With rare exceptions, such as a blue marlin pretzeled into the shape of a 4 and a blue ringed octopus that loses two of its eight legs in becoming an 8, the numerical conceit works brilliantly. Both the humpback whale and the bottlenose dolphin (each a 2) burst powerfully out of the water, a great white shark spirals toothily toward the viewer (6) and the rotund porcupinefish and splitfin flashlightfish do double duty as halves of 10 and as burgeoning zeroes in a central spread of "Ocean Facts By The Numbers." As informative as it is gorgeous. (additional animal and oceanic facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797711
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Edition description: Library Unabridged
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David McLimans’s first book, Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, was a Caldecott Honor winner and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He has won numerous awards for his editorial illustrations, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s, and Time. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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