Our Wet World

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If anyone ever looked at a lake, stream, or any body of water that makes up 70% of our earth and wondered what lives in there, this is the book with the answers. Every page explores the story of life underwater. Readers learn about unusual animals, like the crafty mudskipper that can live in water and on land so that it can escape from hungry saltwater crocodiles. The fact-filled text also explains the mutual dependency of plant and animal in these ecosystems; while seagrass provides food for pinfish, sea ...

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Overview

If anyone ever looked at a lake, stream, or any body of water that makes up 70% of our earth and wondered what lives in there, this is the book with the answers. Every page explores the story of life underwater. Readers learn about unusual animals, like the crafty mudskipper that can live in water and on land so that it can escape from hungry saltwater crocodiles. The fact-filled text also explains the mutual dependency of plant and animal in these ecosystems; while seagrass provides food for pinfish, sea turtles, and manatees, the seagrass is maintained by several of species that live among it, such as sea horses and baby barracuda.

Common and not so common habitats are based on actual locations that readers can identify. Places such as a New England salt marsh or the rocky coast of British Columbia are illustrated with realistic detail. Maps and a glossary complete this learning experience.

Describes the lives and interaction of animals and plants that inhabit the many worlds of water.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shalini Murthy
Water is by far the most abundant and valuable liquid on earth. Not only do all plants and animals need water to live and grow; it is also home to many living things. In this fact-filled book, Collard explores thirteen different acquatic eco-systems from gentle streams and mighty rivers to the rich continental shelf. In an age where environmental issues are in the forefront of public debate, this book with its lucid explanations about the value of the acquatic eco-systems is a worthy read. A glossary at the end of the book provides useful explanations of key terms. The illustrations are realistic and support the text nicely.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881062687
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.89 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Sneed B. Collard III has been a biologist and a computer scientist. He's put his knowledge and experience to use by writing more than thirty children's books, including MANY BIOMES, ONE EARTH; BEAKS; and TEETH. He began writing after graduating with honors in marine biology from the University of California at Berkeley. After earning his master’s in scientific instrumentation at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he continued to hone his craft while serving as a computer consultant for biologists. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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