Butterworth, Chris See What a Seal Can Do
PS–Gr. 3 32 pp. Candlewick
Illustrated by Kate Nelms. Butterworth tells the story of one gray seal’s search for food. He dives down deep, and on his way back up, he comes across a mackerel shoal (an impressively illustrated motion-filled orb). Facts about seals appear in smaller italicized type throughout the conversational main text. Textured, realistic-looking mixed-media illustrations show the creature at home in both of its natural habitats. Websites. Ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Animals—Seals
Hibbert, Clare If You Were a Shark
Gr. K–3 32 pp. Smart Apple
If You Were A… series. This easy-to-read book provides an accessible glimpse into the world of sharks. Chapters include information on physical attributes, movement, hunting, and use of senses. Photographs show well-known species like the great white as well as the more unusual cookiecutter shark. The organized layout makes this an engaging and approachable book for interested readers. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Fish; Animals—Sharks
Simon, Seymour Seymour Simon’s Extreme Oceans
Gr. 4–6 57 pp. Chronicle
Simon presents an informative, wide-reaching overview of the earth’s oceans, each chapter featuring a different aspect of ocean science, from storms, tides, and tsunamis to whales, turtle migrations, and coral reefs. Conservation in light of human interaction and climate change is also discussed. High-quality color photographs in attractive, functional layouts support the text. Ind.
Subjects: General Science and Experiments; Oceans; Animals—Marine animals; Marine ecology; Weather
Swinburne, Stephen R. Sea Turtle Scientist
Gr. 4–6, middle school 65 pp. Houghton
Scientists in the Field series. This series entry follows Dr. Kimberly Stewart, a.k.a. the “turtle lady,” who studies endangered sea turtles with The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) on the island of St. Kitts. Swinburne covers what we know about the species and how we know it, and showcases WIDECAST’s refreshingly cooperative, respectful approach to the island’s human residents as it works for the turtles’ preservation. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: Reptiles and Amphibians; Animals—Sea turtles; Scientists; Marine biology
Turner, Pamela S. The Dolphins of Shark Bay
Gr. 4–6, middle school 76 pp. Houghton
Photographs by Scott Tuason. Scientists in the Field series. In the ocean waters of Western Australia, the scientists of the Shark Bay Dolphin Project investigate the behaviors of the highly intelligent bottlenose dolphin, which, unique among the species, uses tools. The detailed descriptions of the scientists’ day-to-day activities provide a window into the practice of animal behavior studies. Color photographs portray both the dolphins and the scientists hard at work at their observations. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Mammals; Animals—Dolphins; Scientists; Marine biology
From the May 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.