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Summary: Come along and get a glimpse into the ocean depths and a remarkable ecosystem teeming with life. By tracking a variety of ocean predators the Tagging of Pacific Predators project provides essential information about the ocean's health, the changes taking place in the depths, and the environmental concerns scientists have about what is happening beneath the surface of the ocean. Some of the creatures discussed include the sea turtle, tuna, white shark and the sooty shearwater. This is a photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book that offers scientific information about ocean life.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 4.8
Age of Child: Read with a fourth-grade class.
Young Reader Reaction: Although the photos met with a mixed response they liked the information. Asked how many members of the class would like to have a copy of the book about half the children raised their hands.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the information and especially the maps that showed the migratory patterns of the marine mammals and birds were excellent.
Pros: Kids (and adults) will enjoy exploring this book with its fascinating facts, decent photographs, and good information on how unseen predators live.
Cons: There is no real down side to this book.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. I would purchase this book for a school library or a child interested in sea life.
Educational Themes: The book offers different levels of learning. Readers can learn about animals they may not be familiar with; they can also contrast/compare the sea-based ecosystem with the one they live in; and they can look at global change over time. The maps and details about migration also can help them understand habitat, habitat changes, and climate change.
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.