Shockers of the Sea


Readers learn how different creatures of the sea create and detect electricity.

Introduces fishes and sea animals with "electric sense" and explains how they produce, detect, and use electricity to survive.

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Readers learn how different creatures of the sea create and detect electricity.

Introduces fishes and sea animals with "electric sense" and explains how they produce, detect, and use electricity to survive.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A young boy wishes that he were an animal so that no one would tell him what to do. For example, horses don't have to tie their shoes because they're nailed on, snails never have to hurry, and no one tells the aardvark not to stick out its tongue. Each double-page spread shows a spot illustration of the narrator on a white background with text, opposite a large picture of the highlighted animal. The colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations are lifelike but unexceptional. Although the illustrations depict a white, suburban neighborhood, the boy's predicaments are universal (e.g., being told to clean up his room or to look both ways before crossing the street). Short paragraphs at the end of the book tell a little more about each of the 12 creatures mentioned in the text. Children may identify with the story and enjoy thinking about other situations in which animals are allowed to do things that they are not.Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
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Gr 3-5-A handsome introduction to a variety of unusual creatures that use electricity in unexpected ways: to locate, stun, and capture prey; in electrolocation; to communicate; or to sense the world about them. The simple, readable text is accompanied by strong, somber oil paintings that mirror the often murky waters these "electricians" inhabit, showing eels and catfish, knife fish, stargazers, rays, skates, and others in their marine and freshwater worlds. Information boxes provide snippets of data on such topics as electrocommunication, Volta's battery, and the use of electric rays for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece. This is a fascinating initiation to an exceptional collection of animals. Team it with Sandra Markle's equally intriguing Down, Down, Down in the Ocean (Walker, 1999) for an engrossing window into an obscure world.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The notion of connecting personal human habits, such as eating and bathing, to the animal kingdom provides an imaginative backdrop for learning animal behavior.

The child who narrates recalls that the crossing guard instructed him to look both ways before crossing; he notes that his angelfish can look left and right simultaneously. A crocodile doesn't have to brush its teeth—plovers pick them clean. In this manner, readers learn that elephants take dust showers, raccoons stay up all night, and chimpanzees eat with fingers and toes. Most comparisons work well, with one exception: Despite a statement that the hermit crab doesn't have to clean its room but just find a new home, it is known to "clean house" before moving. Crocodiles grin, baby kangaroos peek from pouches, and aardvarks stick out their tongues in these friendly watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations. Investigative minds can further explore the facts presented in an expanded illustrated glossary at the back of the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881068733
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Arnold grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and spent her summers at a small camp in northern Wisconsin. It was there that she developed her love of animals and the outdoors, delighting in catching sight of deer leaping through the underbrush or a porcupine scrambling up a pine tree.

Caroline began writing children's books nearly twenty years ago when her own two children were small. After receiving her MA in art from the University of Iowa, Caroline planned on writing and illustrating her own books, but these days most of her books are illustrated with photographs. She now uses her keen sense of observation to learn about her subjects and pass along her close-up views to children.

"My hope is that if kids fall in love with the animals in my books, as I do when I write about them, they will be concerned for the animals' future and want to do what they can to protect the animals and the places where they live."

Books by Caroline Arnold include Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines, Shockers of the Sea, African Animals (Morrow Junior books), Dinosaur Mountain (Clarion Books), which was named an ALA Notable Book.

In addition to writing, Caroline spends much of her time reading, gardening, and traveling. She visits many elementary schools telling children about her books and encouraging them to read and write. Caroline also teaches part-time in the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension School.

Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Arthur.

Caroline is the recipient of the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 2005.

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