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GONE FISHING: OCEAN LIFE BY THE NUMBERS

Author: David McLimans

Illustrator: David McLimans

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Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Much more than just a counting book, this volume offers information about 20 different sea creatures. Some but not all of these marine animals are endangered. The author's intent is to raise overall awareness of what is going on beneath the surface of the seas. This picture book offers opportunities to count, explore marine science, and learn about endangered species.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Age of Child: Shared with a fourth grade class.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend read this to his class at the beginning of a unit on the ocean. The children were fascinated by the graphics and how the author fashioned each marine animal into the shape of a number.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the clever artwork coupled with some very good information about each of the sea critters featured.

Pros: There is enough material here that a youngster can use this book as a starting point for doing research not only on marine species but endangered marine animals.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will work at a number of age levels. You can begin with a younger child just working on number recognition, then move up to identify marine animals and, finally, when the child is older, discuss marine survival issues.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OCEAN SEASONS   AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)   HOW MOTHER NATURE FLOWERED THE FIELDS OF EARTH AND MARS

Educational Themes: Besides practice counting up and down to 10, and recognizing marine animals, you'll find material related to endangered species. The author also explores the powers of 10 by focusing on ocean facts from one to one billion. For example, less than one percent of water on Earth is freshwater, plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds every year and people slaughter up to 100 million sharks annually.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, picture book, math, ecology, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008

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