×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Project Seahorse
  • Alternative view 1 of Project Seahorse
  • Alternative view 2 of Project Seahorse
     

Project Seahorse

by Pamela S. Turner, Scott Tuason (Illustrator)
 

See All Formats & Editions

The beady black eyes of two seahorses peek out of a hiding place in coral reef. Father seahorse and his mate wrap their monkey—like tails around small branches or coral and sway in the surrent. A tiny shrimplike creature drifits past the male seahorse's trupet—shaped snout. Zoop! Father seahorse slurps up his prey. He needs all the food he can get.

Overview

The beady black eyes of two seahorses peek out of a hiding place in coral reef. Father seahorse and his mate wrap their monkey—like tails around small branches or coral and sway in the surrent. A tiny shrimplike creature drifits past the male seahorse's trupet—shaped snout. Zoop! Father seahorse slurps up his prey. He needs all the food he can get. Inside the male's bulging pouch is a growing brood of baby seahorses.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4—8—Project Seahorse follows the work of two dedicated scientists as they explore the life cycle of the tiger tail seahorse and forge partnerships with the people of Handumon in the Philippines to save its habitat. A full-page color map places the islands in their global context and shows the range of seahorses, animals that scientists know little about. The stunning full-color photographs amplify the descriptions of the creatures' life cycle as the male receives the eggs from the female and nurtures them to maturity in his brood pouch. Dangers to their survival appear not only from marine predators but also from unsustainable practices such as blast-fishing and bottom trawling, two techniques that damage and destroy coral reefs. By showing the scientists at work with local villagers and leaders as well as regional and national government representatives, the author stresses the importance of community-based conservation. The photographs of village children replanting mangrove trees and posing on the Project Seahorse boat reveal how involved the local people became. This book is a great addition to any collection and perfect for seahorse, coral reef, or marine-conservation assignments.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
From the Publisher

"With striking images of coral-reef inhabitants, this photo-essay introduces Project Seahorse, an international effort to protect and rehabilitate the Danajon Bank, a double reef off a Philippine Island where seahorses once flourished...Tuason, a noted Asian marine photographer whose specialty is the Philippines, seems equally adept at photographing the land and people and the underwater world. This is another splendid demonstration of the work of Scientists in the Field."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Thanks to the fluent, information-rich narrative and to Tuason's engagingly up-close color photos of both human divers and of sea horses and other reef denizens, readers will come away with a much clearer understanding of the sea horse's distinctively "oddballbiology" and also of how one conservation success story hinged on cooperation between scientists and concerned local residents."--Booklist, review 

Children's Literature - Greta G. Freeman
Seahorses are weird! From their unusual and varying visual appearance to their mating dance and gender roles, these are certainly interesting creatures. Unfortunately seahorses, like many other marine species, are in danger of disappearing. People are overfishing, fishing illegally, and they are also careless and disrespectful when encountering these creatures out in the wild. Turner tells the story of researchers Amanda Vincent and Heather Koldewey and their conservation effort to protect the seahorse population and its environment. The village of Handumon in the Philippines and a local fisherman named Digoy are an important part of the story because of the seahorse population and local businesses there—one important purpose of the seahorse is its application to traditional medicines. The Danajon Bank is a double reef partially off the coast of Handumon, where there is plenty of marine life to study making it the perfect setting to illustrate the issues surrounding the seahorse dilemma. Magnificent photographs tell the story of life along a coral reef and the towns surrounding these underwater wonders. Interesting facts, terminology, and culture are combined to create a beautiful narrative of a journey to study, disseminate knowledge, and save the seahorses and their underwater ecosystem. The pages are also filled with information and photography about aquatic life other than seahorses. This book would be a beneficial addition to the elementary science unit. Children are introduced to the beauty and oddities of the seahorse as well as the many variables that must be addressed in preserving their existence. Additional resources for lesson planning are included, such as a glossary of terms and a list of resources and supplemental readings. Reviewer: Greta G. Freeman; Ages 6 to 10.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547207131
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/23/2010
Series:
Scientists in the Field Series
Edition description:
Twelfth Edition
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"With striking images of coral-reef inhabitants, this photo-essay introduces Project Seahorse, an international effort to protect and rehabilitate the Danajon Bank, a double reef off a Philippine Island where seahorses once flourished...Tuason, a noted Asian marine photographer whose specialty is the Philippines, seems equally adept at photographing the land and people and the underwater world. This is another splendid demonstration of the work of Scientists in the Field."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Thanks to the fluent, information-rich narrative and to Tuason's engagingly up-close color photos of both human divers and of sea horses and other reef denizens, readers will come away with a much clearer understanding of the sea horse's distinctively "oddballbiology" and also of how one conservation success story hinged on cooperation between scientists and concerned local residents."—Booklist, review 

Meet the Author


Pamela S. Turner has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a special interest in microbiology and epidemiology. Her articles for children and adults have appeared in numerous scientific publications. Her books include Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, Gorilla Doctors, The Frog Scientist, Dolphins of Shark Bay, and Project Seahorse. She lives in California.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews