Stonefish: Needles of Pain

Stonefish: Needles of Pain

by Meish Goldish
     
 

Eruch Rowan and a friend were surfing off the coast of Australia. After riding a wave, Eruch jumped off his board in a shallow part of the water. His foot landed on something hard and sharp. After about 30 seconds, he felt a terrible, burning pain. Eruch had stepped on a stonefish-a dangerous, venomous sea animal.

A stonefish looks scary-and it is! Look inside

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Overview

Eruch Rowan and a friend were surfing off the coast of Australia. After riding a wave, Eruch jumped off his board in a shallow part of the water. His foot landed on something hard and sharp. After about 30 seconds, he felt a terrible, burning pain. Eruch had stepped on a stonefish-a dangerous, venomous sea animal.

A stonefish looks scary-and it is! Look inside for the surprising truth about how dangerous this fish really is. You'll also find out where it lives, what it eats-and how to stay safe if you meet up with one in the water.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Backman
Stonefish are one of the strangest looking fish. They are also among the most toxic creatures in the ocean. Their name comes from their stone-like appearance, and their bodies have a hard covering that is bumpy and crusty, providing almost-perfect camouflage. Deadly toxins in their spines protect them from predators. They are also a danger to humans splashing around in their habitat, mainly in the shallow waters surrounding the Indian Ocean. The author entices the reader through a documented encounter, and then continues with absorbing facts and photographs. Colorful close-ups reveal the creature's ability to make itself almost invisible in its coral reef habitat. Text written in a narrative format describes the habitat and behavior of young and mature stonefish. This 24-page, engaging photo essay includes advice on immediate care for stings and an appendix that includes a section on "Other Things That Sting," a glossary of special terms found in bold print within the text, a bibliography, suggested reading list, and index. Readers are also directed to a Web site for additional information on Stonefish. Their site includes links to information, enrichment activities, biomaps, and more. This title, part of the "Afraid of the Water" series,: may be unsettling for some readers, but thrill-seekers will get a safe close-up of this dangerous creature. Reviewer: Laura Backman
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–This series explores the danger posed by several varieties of well-known sea creatures. Each volume begins with a documented encounter in which the animal has perpetrated an injury on an unsuspecting human. The books are fortified by “Danger” fact boxes throughout, which provide related tidbits such as information on the anatomy of a moray eel’s jaw. The series approach will jibe well with the thrill-seeking nature of kids, though some may find the books scary. Print further-reading resources and suitable Web sites are suggested, but the abundance of close-up color photographs will be what clinches the deal for librarians. This innovative take on a popular subject will elicit lively classroom discussions and inspired reports.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597169431
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Afraid of the Water Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

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