Undersea Creatures

Undersea Creatures

by Nam Nguyen, Sarah Hines Stephens
     
 

Earth is a water planet-almost two-thirds of it is covered by ocean-and while a sliver of life exists on land, most of the planet's population thrives in the seas. Life underwater requires special adaptations that sound more at home in a special-effects lab than in one of the earth's largest ecosystems. Internal lights help dwellers of the deep seas pierce the

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Earth is a water planet-almost two-thirds of it is covered by ocean-and while a sliver of life exists on land, most of the planet's population thrives in the seas. Life underwater requires special adaptations that sound more at home in a special-effects lab than in one of the earth's largest ecosystems. Internal lights help dwellers of the deep seas pierce the darkness. Regenerating teeth keep hunters armed and sharp. Color-changing abilities hide vulnerable animals from predation. From the Great White Shark at the top of the food-chain to the Leafy Sea Dragon at the bottom, readers can explore what it takes to survive in this extremely crowded, high-pressure, watery world.

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
If you enjoy a large dose of goose bumps along with your nonfiction reading, then this book, with the words, "extreme," and "beasts" in the subtitle plus the stereotypical "Jaws"-like shark on the cover, is definitely for you. The book's premise is this: imagine how you, the reader, might survive in the "deadly" water under the waves? Several dangerous creatures do live here. The book details many ocean dwellers, some more commonly known than others. Simple text with dramatic illustrations, boxed fact lists, and attractive format all combine to offer maximum information on each two-page spread. More familiar creatures include the great white shark, octopus, puffer fish, Portuguese man-of-war, giant moray eel, and killer whales. A giant squid and whale fight it out in a special fold-out section. Some animals young readers may not recognize are the leafy sea dragon (wow!), flying fish, giant tubeworms and crown-of-thorns sea star. While some are thought to be dangerous to humans, others, like the sea star spell disaster to coral reefs. Some stay put, like the giant tube worm, and others travel long distances, like the killer whale. The book presents Moray eels as ?silent stalkers" and lionfish, with their frilly appearance, as floating "fearlessly inside a coat of concealed weapons." These are amazing animals and young readers would do well to learn about them, but not just because they are frightening in some way. I would hope that children are encouraged to learn about sea creatures because they are remarkable in themselves, without the sensational presentation. The book includes an extensive glossary. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753465691
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Series:
Kingdom Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
11.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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