They Swim the Seas: The Mystery of Animal Migration

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The oceans of the world are busy highways for creatures on the move. Plankton - small plants and animals, some so tiny they cannot be seen without a microscope - travel up to the surface and then down more than three thousand feet twice a day; eight-hundred-pound green turtles swim more than a thousand miles to lay their eggs; and spiny lobsters, forming long lines, walk across the ocean bottom. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon and illustrator Elsa Warnick team again in this vivid companion to Ride the ...

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Overview

The oceans of the world are busy highways for creatures on the move. Plankton - small plants and animals, some so tiny they cannot be seen without a microscope - travel up to the surface and then down more than three thousand feet twice a day; eight-hundred-pound green turtles swim more than a thousand miles to lay their eggs; and spiny lobsters, forming long lines, walk across the ocean bottom. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon and illustrator Elsa Warnick team again in this vivid companion to Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants. Fascinating glimpses of the mysterious migration of sea creatures will enthrall and amaze young readers.

Describes the migration of marine animals and plants as they journey through rivers, seas, and oceans.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Animals and plants that live in the sea are always in motion because the water that surrounds them is moving. Many of the ocean creatures make long journeys to return to the place where they were born to launch their own offspring. Giant sea turtles travel fourteen hundred miles to mate and lay eggs in a hole on the same sandy beach where they themselves were born. Tuna migrate to spawn in the warmer waters where they were born. How they know where to go remains a mystery. These and other amazing facts about migrating marine life fill the pages of this book, which are illustrated in beautiful watercolors by Warnick. An endnote contains additional information about the animals in the text.
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Gr 4-6-In a companion volume to Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants (Browndeer, 1997), this second book in a projected trilogy on animal migration focuses on the journeys plants and animals make on the glittering surface and in the mysterious depths of the world's oceans. Simon's readable text opens windows and peepholes into treks as diverse in character as the daily rise and fall of enormous aggregations of plankton, through the unseen hordes of eels swarming to disappear in the Sargasso Sea, to the strange autumnal processions of spiny lobsters off the reefs near Bimini. The author marvels at these fascinating odysseys and muses on the reasons for such lengthy voyages and the possible reasons for their origination. A final segment provides additional details that should lure readers into further investigations. The whole is graced with a multitude of delicately sea-toned watercolors depicting everything from minute plankton to massive gray whales, and a wide range of creatures in between. Though there is much grist here for the determined report writer's mill, the lyrical text and sea-lit watercolors will best suit as recreational reading for nature lovers.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In a companion book to Ride the Wind (1997), Simon (see review, above) turns his attention to the migratory habits of marine plankton, plants, fish, and mammals. From alga called spirogyra, spread by moving currents, to the nesting patterns of sea turtles to the great gray whale's legendary 4,000-mile trek from Baja to the Bering Sea, Simon astounds readers with the marvels of migration. The author poses questions to which the answers can't be known, but curious readers may find themselves frustrated, wanting to know how scientists manage to study tuna traveling three times faster than the boat from which they're observed. Lilting, liquid watercolors in all the gray-greens of the sea majestically portray barnacle-dappled whales, rushing salmon, or marching spiny lobster. A rougher fit with the picture-book format is the book's continuous narrative, without organizational headings and with additional information about each migrator appearing in a five-page addendum titled, "More About Ocean Journeys." Still, Simon and Warnick beautifully succeed in capturing the wonder of the migratory process. (Picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152928889
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/15/1998
  • Series: Migration Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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    Wow - this book is full of inredible information. We plugged in the Nook and listened to this like an iPod in the car. Even my teenager was interested in this book. We discovered this is part of a series. These aren't really picturebooks - they are more like nature documentaries. I highly reccomend.

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    Wondeful. A joy to read and listen to.

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