SPONGES ARE SKELETONS by Barbara Juster Esbensen

SPONGES ARE SKELETONS

Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out'' book that's cheerful and colorful, if a bit odd: Esbensen describes the sponge as the skeleton of an animal, but gives few specifics on the live animal; she remarks that ``When the sponge was alive, it pumped sea water through its thousands of small pores,'' but never explains how. Not until page 24 does she point out that most ``sponges'' are not skeletons of animals but made in factories. Keller's charming illustrations include many softly colored underwater scenes of bath sponges, divers, and fish. But even in such a simple presentation, young readers could be told more about the 5,000-plus species of unique and ancient animals that make up the phylum Porifera. (Nonfiction. 5-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-021034-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993




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