Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Part of the "Early Bird Nature Books" series, this hardcover book gives young readers a comprehensive look into the life of the sea lion. The text explains many fascinating facts such as--how does a sea lion differ from a seal or a walrus? How is a sea lion able to swim as fast as 25 miles per hour? What are the greatest dangers facing sea lions today... from the environment, animal enemies, and humans? The text is presented in an easy-to-read/easy-to-find format, enhanced with a multitude of high-quality, color photographs of sea lions in action. The book's information is up-to-date, and has been thoroughly reviewed by both science and educational experts for accuracy. It includes a glossary, index and suggestions for additional learning opportunities that teachers or parents may use when reading the book with a youngster. 2000, Lerner, Ages 6 to 9, $22.60. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
Sea Lions is an excellent book for early adolescent through adult students; however, younger children, too, will enjoy the pictures. The text begins by differentiating sea lions from seals and walruses. Beautiful, interesting photographs illustrating the characteristics of sea lions emphasize the differences between the three sea animals, such as their food sources, family living styles, care of the young, leisure activities, and ways to avoid enemies.
The text discusses the physical and environmental influences on the life of sea lions. The location of the flippers, the amount of body fat, natural enemies, mating habits, and methods of obtaining food are explained clearly. The care of young sea lions is described well. The chapter titles define the focus of each chapter, which starts with a question and then provides evidence that is useful to the children as they seek the answer. The glossary and the index are appropriately brief.
This book should be read more than once. The first reading should concentrate on the excellent photographs; the second encourages additional interest and permits a greater understanding by relating the photographs to the text. I recommend the book highly. (from the Early Bird Nature Series.) Highly Recommended, Grades 5-8. REVIEWER: Dr. Charlotte M. Boener (Indiana State University)