Sponges, Jellyfish, and Other Simple Animals


Describes the physical characteristics of simple animals, along with their habitats, behaviors, methods of moving around, feeding habits, and life cycles. Various species are highlighted including the jellyfish and the sponge.

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Describes the physical characteristics of simple animals, along with their habitats, behaviors, methods of moving around, feeding habits, and life cycles. Various species are highlighted including the jellyfish and the sponge.

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Children's Literature
Anyone lucky enough to see a jellyfish exhibit at an aquarium will surely marvel at the surreal beauty of these wondrous creatures. They may also wonder about the term "simple." Simple animals are loosely defined as those with fewer body parts and less complicated behavior. As the book points out, however, simple does not mean unsuccessful or uninteresting. And, from the photo illustrations of this visually stunning volume, simple does not mean unattractive. This book, part of the "Animal Kingdom Classification" series, features common simple animals--sponges, corals, jellyfish, anemones--as well as lesser-known ones--sea fans, tunicates, rotifers, and tardigrades (critters no bigger than the dot of an "I," which resemble the silhouette of a bear, thus commonly called "water bears."), all of which live in water. Chapters include evolution and anatomy, with clear, understandable charts of a sponge and jellyfish and how they take in food and expel waste. Well-written text includes information on habitats, reproduction, feeding behavior, and coexistence within crowded reef habitats. One chapter focuses on reefs in trouble from physical damage from divers, boat propellers, pollution, storm damage, bleaching from warming water, and natural changes, such as when populations of Crown of Thorns Starfish increase and upset the balance of their coral reef habitat. This volume, and the series, is a must-have for school, classroom, or public library. The book includes a list of further resources, a classification chart, a glossary, and an index. 2006, Capstone/Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Dozens of invertebrates with fantastic shapes and bizarre behaviors are featured in these broad surveys. Concise paragraphs of text, buttressed (in most sections) by multiple color photographs, identify the major groups to which the subject animals belong and describe their physical and behavioral characteristics. The books also touch on their natural habitats, diets and feeding habits, defense mechanisms, reproductive methods, and the development of young. Anywhere from one to nine sharp color photographs of representative species complement the texts; most have extended captions that describe distinctive characteristics. Also included are diagrams of major body parts and internal organs and a simple classification chart. All three titles have smoothly written, well-organized texts and a wider scope than most introductions to the subjects. For instance, Gilpin surveys all seven classes of mollusks, while other books aimed at this audience typically focus on the more familiar classes, such as gastropods (slugs and snails) or cephalopods (cuttlefish, squids, and octopuses). And, while Sally Morgan's Sponges and Other Minor Phyla (Raintree, 2004) covers similar material and offers a bit more detail on the classification of some of the same simple animals, the Parker titles describe-and depict-a greater number and variety of invertebrate phyla. With their succinct texts and colorful formats, all three volumes will appeal to students and browsers alike.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756516147
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Families Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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