Text and photographs introduce the physical characteristics and behavior of rays.
Children's LiteratureThis entry in the "Ocean Life" series gives beginning readers a handful of simple facts about rays. Using less than fifty words, the text explains that rays are fish, they breathe through gills, and they have a mouth, a flat body, fins resembling wings, and a tail with a stinger. The book describes how rays hunt for their food (clams, crabs, and fish) along the bottom of the ocean. There is a table of contents, a word list, an index, and a list of resources (books and Web sites) for more information. Each page of text is accompanied by a full-color photo illustration. Where needed, arrows and labels show the part of the ray being discussed (such as gills and the stinger on the tail). The text is large and well spaced on a white page. Sentences are kept short and simple. Overall, Rays is a quick, easy read for younger children. 2001, Pebble Books/Capstone Press, Turner
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