Children's LiteratureOpening with "If you were a seahorse, you would enchant all who saw you," the author proceeds to convince readers of the marvelous history, habits, habitat, and variety of the seahorse. Since seahorses don't have tailfins because they evolved into a grasping tail, they don't swim through currents so much as wrap themselves on sea grass and let the current swim by them. Marvelous full-color, close-up photographs, each labeled with the Latin name and common name of a different seahorse, show details of seahorse eyes, cheek gills instead of a mouth for eating, a male seahorse giving birth, and camouflage techniques. George includes a not-to-be-missed endnote in which she mentions things she had to leave out, an address to write to for seahorse conservation information, and a web page to check. As she did for Jellies: The Life of Jellyfish (Millbrook, 2000), George has created a book for readers to marvel at and to hope, along with the author, that sea horses will not be decimated by human damage to their habitats. 2003, Millbrook Press, Ages 6 to 10.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.