Seahorses

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One day, a baby seahorse is born, turning and tumbling as he floats through ocean currents alongside his three hundred brothers and sisters.

Like a tiny, mythical dragon, the seahorse is a fascinating creature: he changes color to fit in with the surroundings of his spectacular coral reef and sea grass surroundings; his lizard-like eyes can look in two directions at once; and when he has grown, he—not the female—will give birth to the next ...

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Overview

One day, a baby seahorse is born, turning and tumbling as he floats through ocean currents alongside his three hundred brothers and sisters.

Like a tiny, mythical dragon, the seahorse is a fascinating creature: he changes color to fit in with the surroundings of his spectacular coral reef and sea grass surroundings; his lizard-like eyes can look in two directions at once; and when he has grown, he—not the female—will give birth to the next batch of whirling seahorses.

Jennifer Keats Curtis’s evocative language and Chad Wallace’s shimmering illustrations tell the story of the seahorse’s amazing life beneath the waves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Digital images combine naturalistic elements with dramatic luminescence in this story that follows a male seahorse through its life cycle. After detailing the seahorse’s growth, traits, and diet, Curtis poetically describes the moment when it meets a female, then prepares to mate: “His fins become very dark brown as he waltzes around her to music only he can hear.” Readers may be surprised to learn that the male carries the fertilized eggs inside his pouch: “While he is pregnant, he remains quite still, eating only the krill that happen to drift in front of him.” A bountiful birth of seahorse fry and their departure into the green-glowing sea offers a graceful finale. Ages 4–up. (Sept.)
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"the illustrations’ soft edges, gentle colors, and filtered light give the digital illustrations a certain visual charm beyond their value in providing information." - Booklist

“lovely…Find a spot for this one.”—School Library Journal

“[a] fundamental introduction to a fish that captures the attention, imagination and heart.” —Kirkus

Praise for Earth: Feeling the Heat:

“From a polar bear in the Arctic to a butterfly on a Californian prairie, this handsome picture book shows the threat of global warming, one creature at a time.” —Booklist

“A heartfelt and eye-catching appeal to sympathy.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2— A seahorse's life from small-fry to fatherhood is told in a text that reads like a story but is full of facts and new vocabulary. The dreamy digitally created illustrations take readers underwater to the small creatures' habitat. These fascinating fish come to life and even seem to have a bit of personality in this lovely book. A short glossary of terms is included, as is an author's note detailing the destruction of seahorse habitat and the damage that overfishing has done to this diminishing species. Find a spot for this one.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
Kirkus Reviews
A lovely, gentle examination of this most charming and fascinating of sea creatures. Written in clear, straightforward yet poetic prose, this small book conveys basic information in an awestruck tone befitting this ethereal animal. Wallace's softly colored and delicately textured, digitally created artwork beautifully captures the seahorse's graceful, lyrical movements and lush habitat. Close-ups bring out its remarkable appearance. Most delightful are the scenes with a mated pair, their tails coiled. One senses that perhaps only such otherworldly creatures could form a perfect heart while in each other's embrace. Young readers will be captivated to learn that seahorses, like chameleons, change color to match their environment and that males carry their mate's eggs and, amazingly, give birth to live young. The author has not provided a bibliography, though many books about seahorses have been written for young readers. She includes a list of websites for further inquiry and inspiration. A very handsome, fundamental introduction to a fish that captures the attention, imagination and heart. (glossary, author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805092394
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 460,729
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Keats Curtis is the author of Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Osprey Adventure, and Turtles in My Sandbox. A longtime journalist, Jennifer currently serves as editor-at-large for Maryland Life magazine. She resides with her family in the Annapolis area.

Chad Wallace is an award-winning artist and the illustrator of Earth: Feeling the Heat. He spends a great deal of time outdoors and draws inspiration from the natural world. He lives in Amawalk, New York.

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