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*A Place for Fish* by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond
A Place for Fish
by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond
Ages 4-10 32 pages Peachtree March 2011 Hardcover    

Stewart and Bondís fourth book in the ďA Place ForĒ series focuses on fish conservation.

Stewart gives examples of how our negligence has affected a variety of fish living in and around North American waters. Hammerhead sharks are being caught in fishing nets, the Yellow Tang fish are being sold as pets, and the Lined Seahorse population is declining because they are living in water that contains fertilizer chemicals.

Bondís realistic illustrations (created in acrylics) appear as two-page spreads. A short narration appears at the top of each page, while success stories about how people are working to save the fish are located in sidebars. Close-ups of fish are labeled.

Back matter includes fish facts, tips for helping fish, and a bibliography of books and websites. Maps covering the endpapers show the approximate range boundaries of the twelve types of fish discussed in this book.

Older children could use the information from the sidebars for school projects; preschoolers could enjoy the narration written at the top of the page during a story time about sea life.
 


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