PARROTFISH AND SUNKEN SHIPS by Jim Arnosky

PARROTFISH AND SUNKEN SHIPS

Exploring a Tropical Reef
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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of children’s literature’s most ardent guides takes readers on a beguiling tour of America’s only living coral reef, off the Florida Keys. Arnosky’s narrative is disarmingly personal, inviting his audience to join him and his wife on their boat as they explore. The narrative encompasses both the environmental microcosm of the reef and its denizens and the gentle adventure of exploration. Characteristically clear and bright illustrations receive extra glosses where necessary. Images of snappers and a grouper join those of parrotfish, readers are told, so they can see the differences in the fishes’ mouths. Political history joins natural history as the Crayfish motors over the wrecks of Spanish galleons, the illustrations imagining what they looked like before treasure-hunters found them. The chatty text includes tips on how to emulate the diving experience and the importance of books to amplify direct observation. The text is a little on the long side, but the engaging enthusiasm of the author, and the bright, sunny illustrations, will keep impatience at bay. When it comes to exploring the natural world, there’s no better companion than Arnosky. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-688-17123-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Collins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007




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