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Ocean Life

Ocean Life

by Brenda Z. Guiberson
     
 

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Whales, sharks, and dolphins are just a few of the strange and amazing creatures that live in the sea. Each ocean animal � from a tiny coral shrimp to an enormous squid � is an important part of the ocean environment. See close-up pictures of krill and the mouth of a cookiecutter shark like none before!

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Whales, sharks, and dolphins are just a few of the strange and amazing creatures that live in the sea. Each ocean animal � from a tiny coral shrimp to an enormous squid � is an important part of the ocean environment. See close-up pictures of krill and the mouth of a cookiecutter shark like none before!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
With so much of our planet (70%) covered by oceans, there is a lot we know and don't know about the life that lives there. The range in size, habitat, and food sources is amazing. Second- and third-grade readers will learn much from this "Scholastic Science Reader," Level 2. For example, the relationship between the shark and pilot fish is called commensalism. The blue whale, one of the largest animals in the sea eats only the smallest creatures (krill.) The focus is mainly on sharks, whales, and dolphins and when new and difficult words such as "echolocation" appear, there is an explanation as well as a pronunciation guide within the text. The words in bold are defined in the glossary and there is an index. The final page of this useful and informative book contains a note to parents and a suggested activity that includes a reference to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Web site. Color photographs appear on every spread. 2002, Scholastic,
— Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The uniting element is ocean life, but the book really has no story or central theme. It opens by stating that there are amazing creatures that live in the sea and some are fish, but others are not. It sort of begs the question—are we going to learn about fish or the "other" be it plants or animals? The next few pages discuss sharks which seem to hold some fascination. There are big ones like the whale shark and small ones like the dogshark. Next readers meet the whales which are mammals and another kind of shark that eats pieces of blubber from the whales. Dolphins are also mammals and readers learn that the largest dolphin is an orca and that they use echolocation to find food. The main focus appears to be on creatures that are not fish such as whales and dolphins, so that sort of answers the question re "other." A Level 1 book in the "Scholastic reader" series, rated as 600L Lexile with 297 words. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613453691
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Brenda Z Guiberson is the author of many children’s books. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

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