Ocean Commotion: Life on the Reef

Overview

This colorful book for young readers follows a hermit crab as it searches the Florida reef for a new shell to inhabit while it grows. As the crab hunts for a shell, she encounters an array of marine life on the reef, including shrimp, a school of sturgeonfish, starfish, and jellyfish. The book ends with facts about currents, climate change and how it affects our reefs, and things you can do to make a difference. The endsheets feature a map of bleached reefs and world currents.

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Overview

This colorful book for young readers follows a hermit crab as it searches the Florida reef for a new shell to inhabit while it grows. As the crab hunts for a shell, she encounters an array of marine life on the reef, including shrimp, a school of sturgeonfish, starfish, and jellyfish. The book ends with facts about currents, climate change and how it affects our reefs, and things you can do to make a difference. The endsheets feature a map of bleached reefs and world currents.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Many young readers have seen hermit crabs up close, but have they ever seen one living in its coral reef habitat, not to mention its adventures as it searches for a bigger shell than the one its molting body has outgrown? Despite its slightly anthropomorphic story line (real hermit crabs do not wave to their pals), the book, with its charming illustrations and story line, teaches young readers about coral reefs, their inhabitants, plus how weather and human pollution can affect them. The illustrations are lush and colorful. The author has done her homework and worked lots of solid information about coral reef habitats into the story. Especially valuable is the picture glossary of words featured in boldfaced print throughout the text, the author's comments, as well as the information inside the book's back cover about how even young readers can be involved in—and concerned with—coral reefs. The author does a good job of showing the impact humans have made upon oceans when, ironically, the hermit crab fits itself into a discarded glass jar that breaks later on. This compelling book would be a fine addition to a personal or public library. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—A molting hermit crab is searching through a splendidly colored seascape for a new shell to replace the one it has outgrown. Among other things, the perky heroine "tiptoed through a garden of anemones," "waved to a family of cleaner shrimp," and "danced across the bottom" where she finally found a vacant conch shell that was a perfect fit. Vivid illustrations fill the spreads, and all the creatures have faces with expressive mouths and searching eyes. The red grouper with blue spots and the accompanying red-and-yellow cleaner shrimp pop off the pages. The nighttime view of the reef is beautiful, and the glossary will help with words like "copepods" and "bioluminescence." Endpapers contain serious talk about the endangered coral reefs of the world, and the author has referenced international organizations working to combat their destruction.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589807839
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janeen Mason's work has appeared in art galleries, on puzzles and clay tiles, and as fine-art prints. She is a member of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Children's Book Council. She also served as the illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Florida. An exhibit featuring her illustrations traveled throughout museums in Florida and was even displayed in the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. In addition to speaking at schools, Mason appeared on the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW and remains a popular guest on radio. Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and the National Award for Excellence in Communities.

Janeen Mason has worked with Jan Day on several Pelican titles, including The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane. An award-winning artist, Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art nationwide. She is also the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, which has been called a "visually stunning sea turtle odyssey" by the president of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association. Mason lives in Stuart, Florida.

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