The Pacific Coast, or the states of California, Oregon and Washington are home to many wonderful and diverse animals. Some that are not found everywhere in the United States are the marine mammals. California sea lions are marine mammals and spend most of their time in the ocean. They use flippers for swimming and walking on land. Whales are another kind of marine mammal that is found along the Pacific Coast. The whales migrate from the Bering Sea to Baja California each year. Puffins are birds that inhabitant of the Pacific Coast. They have a large red and yellow bill. Puffins only come on land to breed, spending all of the rest of their lives on the water. They are very good at swimming but not always very good at flying. Another bird with a unique bill is the pelican. Its bill has a large pouch attached for storing the fish it catches. It can hold up to three times what it can eat at one time. Although many animals are endangered, the California condor has been brought back from a population of nine known birds to over two hundred today. 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.