Portuguese Man-of-War: Floating Misery

Overview

Cameron Moeller was taking a swim off Clearwater Beach, Florida. As the six-foot-tall (1.8-m) lifeguard took another stroke, he touched something stringy. At first, it seemed like seaweed. Then Cameron felt the first sting. The dangling strings weren't seaweed at all. They were part of a very different, very dangerous living thing-a floating, stinging Portuguese man-of-war.

The Portuguese man-of-war may look like a tangle of seaweed-but it isn't. Look inside for the surprising ...

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Overview

Cameron Moeller was taking a swim off Clearwater Beach, Florida. As the six-foot-tall (1.8-m) lifeguard took another stroke, he touched something stringy. At first, it seemed like seaweed. Then Cameron felt the first sting. The dangling strings weren't seaweed at all. They were part of a very different, very dangerous living thing-a floating, stinging Portuguese man-of-war.

The Portuguese man-of-war may look like a tangle of seaweed-but it isn't. Look inside for the surprising truth about what this floating stinger really is. You'll also find out where it lives, what it eats-and how to stay safe if you meet up with one in the water.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Backman
The Portuguese man-of-war drifts all over the world. It is not a jellyfish, although it looks like one. It lives as part of a colony of animals that depend on one another to survive. Its tiny stingers shoot poison into its victim to paralyze it. Portuguese men-of-war do not chase after humans, but swimmers may not see them floating nearby and get stung by brushing up against them. As with other books in the "Afraid of the Water Series," the reader is introduced to the Portuguese man-of-war through a documented sting. The author goes on to describe its feeding habits, habitat, and life cycle. Information on first aid and absorbing facts found in "Danger" Fact Boxes throughout will keep the pages turning. This 24-page title showcases the beauty and grace of the Portuguese man-of-war. It also includes an appendix with a section on "Other Things That Sting," a glossary of special terms found in bold print within the text, a bibliography, suggested reading list, and index. A variety of text features can be found throughout, and readers will find more information on the Portuguese man-of-war via a suggested Web site that includes links to additional information, enrichment activities, biomaps, and more. This book could cause some readers to cringe, but thrill-seekers will get a safe close-up of this beautiful but dangerous floating creature. Reviewer: Laura Backman
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–This series explores the danger posed by several varieties of well-known sea creatures. Each volume begins with a documented encounter in which the animal has perpetrated an injury on an unsuspecting human. The books are fortified by “Danger” fact boxes throughout, which provide related tidbits such as information on the anatomy of a moray eel’s jaw. The series approach will jibe well with the thrill-seeking nature of kids, though some may find the books scary. Print further-reading resources and suitable Web sites are suggested, but the abundance of close-up color photographs will be what clinches the deal for librarians. This innovative take on a popular subject will elicit lively classroom discussions and inspired reports.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597169462
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Afraid of the Water Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,018,542
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A Bad Day at the Beach 4

Tangled in Tentacles 6

Not a Jellyfish 8

Four Kinds in One 10

Sailing Along 12

Many Mouths to Feed 14

Any Enemies? 16

Should You Be Afraid? 18

Getting Help 20

Other Things That Sting 22

Glossary 23

Index 23

Bibliography 24

Read More 24

Learn More Online 24

About the Author 24

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