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What is a Fish?
     

What is a Fish?

by Robert Snedden, Oxford Scientific Films (Photographer), Adrian Lascom (Illustrator)
 

How can creatures as different as the great white shark and the tiny minnow both belong to the same class of animals? A clear, staightforward text and beautifully detailed full-color art, together with stunning full-color photos from Oxford Scientific Films, explain the physical characteristics that make fish distinct from any other class of animals.

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How can creatures as different as the great white shark and the tiny minnow both belong to the same class of animals? A clear, staightforward text and beautifully detailed full-color art, together with stunning full-color photos from Oxford Scientific Films, explain the physical characteristics that make fish distinct from any other class of animals.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Concisely written and beautifully photographed, this title is an admirable introduction to a diverse group of animals. The text on each double-page spread focuses on a particular topic, such as the identification of the three main types of fish; how they breathe and move underwater; senses of sight, hearing, taste, and smell; and the functioning of special-sense organs. Food sources, defense mechanisms, and reproduction are also briefly discussed, along with unique physical or behavioral characteristics of a variety of species. Sharp, full-color photographs appear on every page, depicting close to three dozen species. With two exceptions, all of the fish shown are identified by common name. (Two species are unidentified in picture captions.) Barbara Stratton's What Is a Fish? (Watts, 1991) covers similar information, but it does not offer as much detail on anatomy. Despite some minor flaws of omission, this is an exemplary work that will appeal to browsers as well as report writers.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871569240
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books for Children
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Books for Children Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

What do you think of when you think of a fish? You probably think of a brightly colored animal flashing quickly through the water. You might even think of something to eat!

Fish come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They range from the extraordinary Red Indian fish to the jigsaw triggerfish; from the Hawaiian boxfish darting through the coral to the bright red warty frogfish gliding through the ocean.

Yet all fish have certain things in common. These things make them different from the other animals that live in the oceans, lakes and rivers of the world. We shall be looking at some of them in this book.

Meet the Author

Robert Snedden has written numerous books on science and nature for children.

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