THE POND BOOK AND THE TADPOLE TANK by Karen Dawe

THE POND BOOK AND THE TADPOLE TANK

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the Hand in Hand with Nature series, this inviting field guide to pond life for young naturalists is full of suggestions for observation that will stimulate responsible exploration of the environment. Dawe (The Beach Book & Beach Bucket, 1988, not reviewed, etc.) provides brief information on common pond animals and plants including duckweed, bladderwort, cattails, leeches, water spiders, snails, sunfish, birds, etc. She comments on differences between frogs and toads, the food chain, the value of wetlands, and gives a brief identification key. She does not give species names, size, or range. The book comes with a clear plastic observation tank with a snap-on lid that functions as a dipping net and as magnifying lens for observation. Children are told not to pick up plants or animals by hand, but to use the lid to collect specimens. With or without the plastic tank, the book has adequate warnings throughout to protect young collectors and pond inhabitants alike; Dawe notes ways to keep specimens healthy, and how to release them after observation. A checklist of creatures is included, but no index. This is an attractive hands-on package. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Nonfiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: July 1st, 1995
ISBN: 1-56305-921-5
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Workman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1995