The Hawaiian Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. There are eight major islands and over a hundred smaller ones. Many of the animals that live there are unique to those islands. Common to Hawaii but found other places as well are the triggerfish, humpback whale, and the Hawaiian green sea turtle. The triggerfish is the unofficial fish of Hawaii and known by it's Hawaiian name humu-humu-nuku-nuku-apua 'a. Humpback whales swim both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Thousands of these whales spend October to April in Hawaii. These giants are bigger than a school bus but thrive on tiny sea animals and plants called plankton. The Hawaiian name for the green sea turtle is honu. They are the largest hard-shelled sea turtles in the world. The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the animals unique to the islands. They can dive to depths of up to 500 feet in their search for food. The t'iwi is a Hawaiian songbird. It has a hooked beak designed for drinking nectar from flowers. This series, "Regional Wild America," is well illustrated with photographs. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 6 to 10.
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Gr 2-5-Each volume introduces approximately a dozen animals found in a designated geographical area. Stone provides basic information about the animals' physical characteristics, food sources, habitat, and behavior. With only a page or two per animal, not every topic can be addressed for each one. There is also no attempt to relate species to one another. The writing is clear, and the well-designed pages feature photographs that reinforce the written information. However, organizing this series around groups of states rather than habitat sets up an artificial structure that works better in some cases than in others. Stone can identify enough unique animals in Alaska and Hawaii to distinguish those states from most other locations, but the Midwest includes many animals that are common in wide areas of North America. For example, deer, cardinals, and ground squirrels can be found in many other regions. With so many books available about individual animals or states, the choices for the further-reading lists are curious. About half of the titles are also published by Blackbirch, several by this author. Libraries may want to purchase the volume that covers their state. Other titles could be considered for purchase where heavy demand for report material warrants.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.