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Children's LiteratureWith apologies to the original quote, the world is so full of a number of mollusks, I'm sure we should find them fascinating--all of us! From common garden slugs to creatures we can only imagine (like the giant squid), mollusks number over 100,000 known species. How is one volume going to contain enough information and photo illustrations to grasp the wonder and variety of this phylum? This book does, very well, indeed, with exquisite illustrations. Text includes finely written information on types of mollusks, anatomy, habitats, prehistoric ancestors, mollusk senses, locomotion, hunting and feeding behaviors, and reproduction. Chapters focus on species of mollusks: slugs and snails, from pesky garden slugs to the enchantingly beautiful nudibranch and the violet sea snail, which floats on a raft of bubbles in order to attack the powerful Portuguese man-of-war; marine gastropods, like the conch, abalone, or limpet; bivalves, such as oysters, mussels, and clams; cephalopods, such as octopus and nautilus; squid and cuttlefish; and other mollusks, such as chiton, murex, and shipworms that dwell in and eat on submerged wooden ships. No book about mollusks is complete without mention of the giants--giant clam, giant Pacific octopus, the "one-foot wonder," the giant African snail whose shell can be eight inches long. The final chapter features mollusk-humankind interaction: the mollusks we love to eat, the pearls we love to wear, and useful cuttlebones that we give pet birds. The book, part of the "Animal Kingdom Classification" series, includes a classification chart, further resources, a glossary, and an index. 2006, Capstone/Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 12.