Life in a Tidal Pool

Life in a Tidal Pool

by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, Pamela Carroll
     
 

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Tidal pools are miniature sea worlds, teeming with ever-changing life. This book offers close-up views of shoreline ecosystems that spotlight the amazing variety of tidal pool inhabitants and the ongoing drama of their struggles to adapt and survive.
Snails, clams, and sea worms populate these pages, alongside crabs that scuttle across the ocean floor with…  See more details below

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Tidal pools are miniature sea worlds, teeming with ever-changing life. This book offers close-up views of shoreline ecosystems that spotlight the amazing variety of tidal pool inhabitants and the ongoing drama of their struggles to adapt and survive.
Snails, clams, and sea worms populate these pages, alongside crabs that scuttle across the ocean floor with sponges clasped to their backs as camouflage, and starfish that turn their stomachs inside out to digest a mussel's soft body right inside the bivalve's own shell. Life in a Tidal Pool introduces the reader to plankton and algae; traces the life cycles of the jellyfish and its relative, the sea anemone; and profiles a host of other marine creatures, both the familiar and the less well-known.
Authors Alvin and Virginia Silverstein have created more than 70 science books for children and adults. Written in a direct, conversational style, this fascinating look at the tidal zone is complemented by 32 drawings and a glossary.

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School Library Journal
Abundant information about plant and animal survival in harsh tidal pool environments is presented in a lively style to interest both landlocked readers and coastal inhabitants. Chapter topics move from general information about tidal pool habitats through specific discussions of miniature creatures--those anchored on the bottom, those constantly in motion, and those who are only part-time residents. Emphasis is placed on leaving living animals in their natural environment. Fascinating facts about the development stages, behavior, and survival tactics of both familiar and less common creatures are included. The text is approachable for intermediate students and expands vocabulary by clearly defining terminology. Some readers may be disappointed to find that the colorful jacket leads to black-and-white illustrations. These illustrations of individual plants and animals have identifying labels and define basic shape and structure. The format is uncluttered with good-sized print.An extensive glossary is available, but there is no pronunciation guide or index. Little indication is given as to which animals exist along a particular coastline. Use this book as a companion to Anita Malnig's Where the Waves Break (Carolrhoda, 1985), which has color photographs that complement the more in-depth information in the Silversteins' book. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486445922
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
10/06/2005
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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