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World Water Watch
     

World Water Watch

by Michelle Koch, Paul Bacon
 

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The sea otters, green sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, polar bears, and humpback whales depicted in this book represent a sampling of the many species the world over that are in danger.

Young readers will learn where these creatures live. They will learn about their habits and needs, and about the human-created hazards that threaten them.

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The sea otters, green sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, polar bears, and humpback whales depicted in this book represent a sampling of the many species the world over that are in danger.

Young readers will learn where these creatures live. They will learn about their habits and needs, and about the human-created hazards that threaten them.

The brief but information-packed text and evocative illustrations present a powerful picture of their plight and highlight the reasons for global concern.

Here is a simple, satisfying picture book for the youngest environmentalist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book visits six endangered sea creatures in their home waters--from Alaska to Maui, from Chile to Norway. In a moderate tone Koch warns of continuing perils (gooey oil spills drown Alaskan sea otters by matting their ``light and airy'' fur) and reports positive responses (new laws protect Mexican sea turtles and Chilean seals). These brief dips into far-flung, disparate environments, each presenting a singular challenge, introduce the magnitude of the environmental problem without overloading youngsters. With several panoramas filling practically whole spreads, Koch's watercolors exhibit a deftly variegated palette--from frigid blues to warmer greens and tans--as they evoke the distinctions of each climate. Their upbeat tone lifts the brooding refrain: ``Watch over the world / Watch over the water. / Some creatures are dying today. / Care for the earth, / Care for the sea. / So all of our friends can stay.'' An elementary text, separated from more advanced information by large bold type, helps to draw in younger readers. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Joni Lucas
Sea otters, green sea turtles, penguins, humpback whales, polar bears and the Juan Fernandez fur seal are brought a little closer to home for children and adults in this colorful book. The focus is on six endangered species that inhabit the world's waters. Information on where each lives, from Alaska to Costa Rica, how they survive and simple explanations of how human actions help or hurt these animals puts a pro-active, positive spin on conservation efforts. Parents and teachers can use the book to launch discussions about environmental issues. Social awareness, responsibility and appreciation for nature are strong themes in this book that will emphasize the need to respect and treasure wildlife. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- A picture-book plea to ``Care for the earth,/ Care for the sea./ So all of our friends can stay.'' By focusing on six creatures that live in the world's oceans and surrounding lands, the book exposes some of the reasons they have become endangered. Sea otters, polar bears, whales, green sea turtles, seals, and penguins are depicted in the warm impressionistic watercolors set against backgrounds of blue, gray, and green. The brief text describes the ecological problems and, when applicable, some of the measures that have been taken to insure the animals' survival. While indeed such statements as, ``Some creatures are dying today'' may be disturbing to children, the book's approach is personal and its tone positive and hopeful. Koch addresses her audience's intelligence, creativity, and energy; she respects their genuine level of concern and implores them to join in the efforts to ``Watch over the world,/ Watch over the water.'' A sensitive subject, superbly presented.-- Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688166977
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
First Mulberry Edition
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.12(d)

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