A HOME BY THE SEA

PROTECTING COASTAL WILDLIFE

paper 0-15-201802-6 This New England Aquarium book covers some of the scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens working to protect the Hector’s dolphin, the yellow-eyed penguin, and the little blue penguin of coastal New Zealand, a “shining example” of conservation and the complex issues which must be balanced. The Hector’s dolphins were not reproducing at a rate to replace those caught and killed in commercial fishing nets, and the fishermen resisted any restrictions on their livelihood. Warning devices have been developed to protect dolphins from nets while permitting commercial fishing. Ecotourism—fees help fund the caring and preservation of species—has led to an increase in the population of the yellow-eyed penguin. The Eastern Bays Little Blue Penguin Foundation is an animal care center that offers temporary shelter to injured creatures, mostly little blue penguins, so small that they are “vulnerable to domestic animals such as dogs.” The insertion of full-page or full-spread informational asides, e.g., on the tagging of animals, interrupts the main body of text (except when they are set-off and colored, as are some journal entries on a little blue penguin), requiring readers to do a little page-flipping. Despite that, the text is conversational, and full of information and anecdotes to bring the issues home to readers. Striking, full-color photographs, most by Mallory and some from other sources, enhance every page. A brief conclusion ties the three scenarios together; the small snapshots of working scientists are a welcome inclusion. (map, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-15-200043-7

Page Count: 64

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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WEATHER

Remarking that ``nothing about the weather is very simple,'' Simon goes on to describe how the sun, atmosphere, earth's rotation, ground cover, altitude, pollution, and other factors influence it; briefly, he also tells how weather balloons gather information. Even for this outstanding author, it's a tough, complex topic, and he's not entirely successful in simplifying it; moreover, the import of the striking uncaptioned color photos here isn't always clear. One passage—``Cumulus clouds sometimes build up into towering masses called cumulus congestus, or swelling cumulus, which may turn into cumulonimbus clouds''—is superimposed on a blue-gray, cloud-covered landscape. But which kind of clouds are these? Another photo, in blue-black and white, shows what might be precipitation in the upper atmosphere, or rain falling on a darkened landscape, or...? Generally competent and certainly attractive, but not Simon's best. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-688-10546-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1993

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ACCIDENTS MAY HAPPEN

FIFTY INVENTIONS DISCOVERED BY MISTAKE

In this entertaining companion volume to Mistakes that Worked (1994), Jones describes more of the often humorous incidents that resulted in inventions, products, and fashions. The telephone and photography are discussed as well as cellophane, Bakelite, Masonite, and dynamite. Another chapter offers speculation as to the origins of yeast, raisins, coffee, and vinegar, without much in the way of documentation, and a part of a chapter is devoted to the meanings of some nursery rhymes (it's never clear what they have to do with inventions). Nevertheless, this is entertaining reading, with whimsical black-and-white drawings, places to write for more information, a brief bibliography, and an index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: June 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-385-32162-7

Page Count: 86

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1996

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