DOWN IN THE SEA: THE JELLYFISH by Patricia Kite

DOWN IN THE SEA: THE JELLYFISH

Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Adults sharing these handsome color photos with preschoolers or new readers will want to begin with the informative note at the end, which substantially amplifies the elementary, determinedly spritely text, prone to condescending asides (``Do not poke it. Ouch!''). Still, the text is clear and can be understood by quite young children (``Jellyfish come in many sizes--smaller than a grape and bigger than a bed''), who may have seen some of these fascinatingly varied creatures at the beach. But the splendid photos--many taken under water and/or at night--are the book's chief strength. A drawing depicts the life cycle; body parts are indicated on some photos, but the different types illustrated are unnamed (except for an acknowledgment that the creature on the cover is ``a jellyfish cousin, the Porpita''). Published simultaneously: Kite's similar Down in the Sea: The Octopus. (Nonfiction. 3-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8075-1712-7
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1993