The Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico

by David Petersen

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Children's Literature
These days, children's nonfiction includes a growing wealth of marine science books for very young readers. Add to this cache Petersen's book about the Gulf of Mexico. The author covers the gulf's history, oceanography, weather and inhabitants in a slim volume with colorful illustrations, photos and maps along with large, easy-to-read type. Until a few hundred years ago, American Indians such as the Seminoles inhabited the paradise-like lands surrounding the Gulf. Christopher Columbus' landing in Cuba in 1492 began an invasion by pirates and slave traders. This "invasion" continues today with record numbers of visitors all wanting to live near the Gulf, with its ideal climate and beautiful variety of flora and fauna. Petersen outlines the effects of population and volatile weather patterns on the ecosystem as well. The book includes a bibliography, lists of organizations and online sites as well as a vocabulary list and simple index. This book would be a helpful reference in any primary school library as well as a welcome gift for young readers who favor nonfiction. Part of the "True Books" series. 2001, Children's Press/Scholastic, $22.00. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Geography Series
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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