Title: Seashore LifeSeashore Life
Author: Jenna Kinghorn
Pages: 80
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Seashore Life provides brief descriptions of thirty-five different fishes, sea plants, birds, and crustaceans. Its format follows a set format – first the main text, where basic facts are mentioned. Second, a box called ‘Field Notes’ where an interesting fact is related about the species. Third, a ‘Where to Find’ box where the usual location of the specimen is shown on a map. Fourth is a box titled “What to look for’, wherin is briefly listed the species’ size, color, and behavior. Fifth is an illustration and photograph of each species.

Here are a few of the interesting facts mentioned.

  • An octopus can change colors to blend into its surrounding.
  • A scallop pushes itself through the water by quickly clapping its two shells together.
  • When an oyster is a few weeks old, it anchors itself to a rock or another oyster’s shell. It never moves again.
  • Horseshoe crabs have no teeth, but grind up shelled animals and worms with special plates at the base of their legs as the walk along.
  • The pistol shrimp stuns small fish that it eats by making a loud, popping noise with its oversized claw.
  • When a crab grows too big for its shell, the shell splits and the crab climbs out of it. The crab then grows a new shell.
  • Some starfish have up to thirty arms!

Cautions.

An illustration is given on pg. 56 of two seahorses entwined with one another – the description mentions that this is how they mate.

On pg. 58, it is stated that “the female sea horse lays her eggs in a pouch on the male’s belly”.

An entirely simple definition of the verb ‘mate’ is included in the glossary.

Conclusion. An excellent (though, of course non-comprehensive) pocket guide to sea creatures.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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