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Snapshots: The Wonders of Monterey Bay
     

Snapshots: The Wonders of Monterey Bay

by Celeste Mannis
 
Picture a world with a vast submarine canyon, rocky shores, sandy dunes, and glimmering tide pools; a world where creatures such as whales, pelicans, seals, and starfish coexist, wild and free at the edge of the sea.This is Monterey Bay, a rare treasure, and the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on California�s central coast.

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Overview

Picture a world with a vast submarine canyon, rocky shores, sandy dunes, and glimmering tide pools; a world where creatures such as whales, pelicans, seals, and starfish coexist, wild and free at the edge of the sea.This is Monterey Bay, a rare treasure, and the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on California�s central coast.

Spare verse and gorgeous full-color photographs by award-winning author Celeste Davidson Mannis introduce young readers to the Bay�s adorable marine animals and the unique places they inhabit. Engaging facts and smaller images on every page provide a closer look at the many other wonders of Monterey Bay.

Author Biography: Celeste Davidson Mannis has been visiting Monterey Bay since she was a little girl. It inspired her as a child to become a writer, and as a teenager, to become a photographer. She and her husband visit the area frequently with their two daughters and golden retriever. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Young readers who think of a coastline or the beach as long, white stretches of sand lapped by waves may have a second think coming when they pick up this magical book about a magical place. Monterey Bay, in the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on California's central coast, is what is known as a rocky coast, complete with cliffs, boulders, and strong winds that send huge, crashing waves. Below the bay is Monterey Canyon, bigger than the Grand Canyon and, in places, more than two miles deep. Standing on the shore and looking at this fierce, lovely seascape is a visual feast in itself, but do not stop there. During low tide the world of tide pools--places deep enough to trap water and creatures--waits to be explored. This book does all of the above and more. Breathtaking color photography includes marine mammals such as migrating whales or sunning elephant seals, as well as sea otters. Commonly spotted tide pool animals--sea stars, hermit crabs, and anemones--are featured. The kelp forests are particularly fascinating. If you can tear your gaze from the water, the Monterey area offers even more: salt marshes, dunes with their own plant and animal life, and seabirds. If you cannot get to Monterey Bay, this book is the next best thing, with its pictures and well-written text. If you have been there, give this book to a reader so he/she can, as Mannis puts it, "Come with me to the edge of the sea."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Descriptive language paints a picture of this spectacular coastal ecosystem as clearly as the accompanying full-color photographs. Short, rhyming phrases relate a visit to Monterey Bay and celebrate its wonders. Vivid, two-page photos depict the area's different habitats, plants, and animals. Additional photographs of the flora and fauna are presented in black boxes along with more in-depth information. The images are so crisp that readers will be tempted to reach out and touch the animals. Sea lions, otters, whales, and a variety of birds are some of the creatures included, along with brief glimpses at life in a kelp forest, a tide pool, and an estuary. The simple text can be shared with younger children while the boxed sections provide enough detail to interest older students. With stunning photographs and text that will meet the needs of a wide range of ages, this title will be a welcome addition to most collections.-Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The wondrous natural world of Monterey Bay includes a huge submarine canyon and kelp forest bordered by ever-changing sand hills, tide pools and welcoming estuary. This inviting introduction works on two levels. Quiet alliterative text accompanies gorgeous color photographs illustrating the beauty of the bay and its intriguing occupants for lap-sitting listeners the age of the children pictured on the title page and at the beginning and end. Sidebars add additional text and photographs-captioned in notes at the end-for an older child or the adult reader. (These notes would be more useful if the pages were numbered.) In words and pictures the author-illustrator presents a selection of the marine mammals, invertebrates and seabirds young visitors might encounter. Important concepts, including keystone species, erosion by wind and waves and the uniqueness of different habitats, are embedded in the well-written text. The attractive format and judicious selection make this an excellent choice for nature lovers in any part of the country. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060627
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 10.82(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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