Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea

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Snails and sea slugs use Sea Slime. But, did you know that coral and clownfish need slime too? Marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce us to fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime to capture their food, protect themselves from harm, or even move from place to place in their underwater environment.

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Overview

Snails and sea slugs use Sea Slime. But, did you know that coral and clownfish need slime too? Marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce us to fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime to capture their food, protect themselves from harm, or even move from place to place in their underwater environment.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
An elementary introduction to a slippery topic. Using the word as often as possible, including at the end of every block of text, Prager exudes basic facts about a gallery of marine creatures. These include jellyfish ("Its whole body is see-through SLIME"), slugs, coral, vampire squid and the ever-popular hagfish—which responds to danger with "undersea goo! Lots of goo!" There are missteps: An unembellished mention of a squid's "eight arms, and two tentacles" may leave readers floundering, and the author slides past mucus' chemical components without a mention. Nevertheless, she does secrete a clear trail of information about how the icky ichor is used in nature for offense, defense, flotation and locomotion. Moreover, a closing section offers more detail on the substance's varied properties, as well as other enrichment material and even an easy recipe. Aside from the all-too–close-up hagfish scene, Bersani's illustrations don't really capture a proper sense of slime's ooey-gooey quality, but she does render marine scenes and creatures accurately. The visuals aren't quite as crowd-pleasing as the text, but much of the content here will nonetheless stick with younger audiences. (Informational picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628552102
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,443,145
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

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    Violet Snails, Jellyfish, Sea Slugs, Clown fish and Parrotfish a

    Violet Snails, Jellyfish, Sea Slugs, Clown fish and Parrotfish are a few of the underwater animals that are in this book. Eeuwy, gooey and under the sea slime, that is what this book is about! Sea Slime is what animals use to move about under the sea. This book has fantastic real life photography through out it. It is a gross way to learn more about under water animals and how they live.

    The book is intended for young children as an introduction to the undersea world of critters and their lives. So detailed information is not necessarily provided. However, the author clearly brings to light, even in the darkness of the undersea world, that sea slime has a variety of purposes. It is used to protect and to offend. It helps critters float and move around - they slither and slide through their undersea environment.

    In the "For Creative Minds" section at the back of the book the author has provided a true-false quiz about these slimy critters and more information about the and their sea habitats. There are even directions on how you can make your own sea slime. Won't Mom and Dad love that!

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and no compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

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    A colorful clownfish peeked out from inside a sea anemone and wa

    A colorful clownfish peeked out from inside a sea anemone and watched the ocean come alive with activity. A school of fish hurriedly passed overhead while a zebra moray eel kept watch as a colorful parrotfish approached. There was something else interesting in the water, something “gooey” and very icky. It was sea slime, a substance that “slips, slides, and sticks.” Some creatures don’t use that slime, but instead are made up of it. Take for example that jellyfish that is hanging down in the water. Its “whole body is see-through slime.” Amazing, but true!




    Everyone knows that snails and slugs can be very gooey and slimy. They are really slow creatures and in order to go “faster, a sea slug travels over its own slippery goo.” Perhaps the sea butterfly is a creature you’ve never seen before, but it too uses that slime. In order to catch critters to eat, sea butterflies “blow a bubble of mucus like a parachute of sticky goo.” If any little critter gets caught on it, look out! The sea butterfly has its lunch when they “slurp up their bubble of slime.” Yuk! Some use that ocean goo to protect themselves, some to capture food, and some use it to travel.




    This is a fun book about “eeuwy, gooey” ocean sea slime kids will love. Of course that yuk factor is something a lot of young students are drawn to. In this book they will learn how sea creatures learn to use that disgusting slime to their advantage. The gross factor is there, but the learning one is there as well. Some of these deep sea creatures may be familiar while others such as the vampire squid and the hagfish might not be. The artwork is quite vibrant, colorful, and is very appealing. My favorite is the two-page spread of several different types of moray eels. In the back of the book are four pages of activities, including an all-time favorite, “Make Your Own Slime.” There are additional complementary resources on the publisher’s website.




    Quill says: This is a great book with lots of eeuwy, gooey sea creatures that has great kid-appeal!

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

    Do you like slime? Is there really such a thing as ¿sea slime¿?

    Do you like slime?

    Is there really such a thing as “sea slime”? If so, what is it? And what does it do? Yes, sea slime does actually exist. Another name is “mucus.” It is very slippery, really gooey, and sometimes sticky. Lots of sea creatures, like jellyfish, sea slugs, sea butterflies, violet snails, parrotfish, clownfish, hagfish, moray eels, squid, and corals have it. They use it to go fast, find food, or even avoid being some other creature’s lunch. Did you know that there’s such a thing as a “vampire squid”? If you lived in the ocean, would you make sea slime? How would you use it?

    Most kids really like anything having to do with slime. The author, Dr. Ellen Prager, is a well-respected marine scientist who is widely recognized for her expertise and ability to bring science to the layperson. Shennen Bersani’s illustrations will help youngsters to visualize the fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime for catching food, protecting themselves, or moving from place to place in the undersea environment. The “For Creative Minds” pages have a true-false quiz about slimy animals, further information on slime and the sea habitats where it is found, and a recipe to make your own slime. More free teaching activities can be found online at the publisher’s website. Kids will have an eewuy, gooey time reading or listening to Sea Slime.

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