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Children's LiteratureAnyone 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.