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Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Sea Creatures

by Jinny Johnson

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Johnson's guide divides a diverse array of 'Sea Creatures' by habitat. This includes the Seashore (Sea Anemones), Open Ocean (Sharks, jellyfish, whales) , Polar seas (penguins, seals, walruses), Deep seas(Sperm whales and nautilus), Coral Reefs(clownfish), and Seabed creatures(Sting Rays and Sponges). It not only includes creatures that live in the sea, but also other animals that spend much of their time near the sea. The book seeks to share the diversity of sea life to young readers. The number of sea life mentioned is fairly large, even overwhelming. Regardless,children will find all the common sea life they expect:sharks, octopi, whales etc. A number of the creatures were new to me.

Each 'habitat' that is presented is allocated one focus section. one of the creatures in each particular habitat is covered in more detail. For example, Focus on Coastal Birds give a great deal information on Pelicans and Cormorants within the Seashore habitat.

As in the other Children's guides, minimal information is covered on most birds within the habitat section. It is limited to common name,binomial name, size, and a general regions of predominance. This is enough info to wet the appetite, kids can research further from there if interested. The glossary is small, but the terminology used in the text matches it.

The is one photograph in each habitat section which is crisp and clear, but the majority of the illustrations are hand drawn. For the books purpose I think this is fine. The children in this age group are simply introduced to the diversity of sea life both above and below the surface. I think that the book would be more valuable if it surveyed fewer animals in more detail.
  rgwomack | Dec 4, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689815344, Hardcover)

Welcome to the world's oceans, where you'll find tiny plankton and mammoth blue whales, fierce hammerhead sharks and Antarctic penguins. Utilizing the format that has made this series a success, this reference book offers full-color pictures, amazing photos, and in-depth focus spreads that bring intriguing facts to light. This concise and accessible single volume encyclopedia is an indispensable guide to the marine world.

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Describes the major groups of marine animals, including fish, birds, mammals, and crustaceans.

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