Monday, March 27, 2017

Nonfiction Monday

Curious Critters: Marine by David Fitzsimmons highlights twenty unique marine creatures ranging from the Roseate Spoonbill, Tufted Puffin, Double-crested Cormorant, and the Loggerhead Turtle to a fascinating collection of fish, crabs, crustaceans, and other denizens of our oceans.

The carefully researched and informative text alternates voices between first-person narratives and well-crafted poems that focus on details of how and where these individual species live, eat, and grow.  Readers will find unusual facts about a variety of behaviors: the migration of Black Sea Bass, the search by a Hawaiian Reef Hermit Crab for a new home and the carnivorous garden grown within the body of the upside-down jellyfish.

Crisp, colorful photographs provide stunning close-ups of candy stripe shrimp, the one-in-two-million Blue American Lobster, the extraordinary Atlantic Horseshoe Crab whose relatives shared the planet with dinosaurs, and the Giant Pacific Octopus whose intelligence is proving to comparable to many vertebrates – to name only a few of the remarkable animals to be discovered.

Animal lovers of any age will find this book to be entertaining and educational at the same time. A recommended addition to school and home libraries.

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