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Children's LiteratureMany living creatures make their homes in or near ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Some of these water fowl, insects, fish and larger animals are written about in the first person in a kid-friendly way in this title, part of the "Communities in Nature" series. The first chapter, "At the Pond," opens with "Every April, my pond wakes up. It has been sleeping the winter away—beneath the ice I skate on top of when the pond freezes over." This draws the young reader in and throughout the book, there are references to which kids can relate. However, on page 31, the text describes a three-spined stickleback, but the photo caption refers to the fish as a three-legged stickleback. As the three spines sticking up on its back are quite visible in the photo, this might confuse young readers. Also, the photographic illustrations are somewhat drab. A list of all the creatures discussed is included with a short description of each one and resources are provided for further research. 2005, Blackbirch Press/Thomson Gale, Ages 8 to 10.
—Carolyn Mott Ford