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sea_arnosky_shimmerArnosky, Jim  Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life
Gr. 4–6
   40 pp.     Sterling

This follow-up to Slither and Crawl and Creep and Flutter examines marine animals including stingrays, dolphins, jellyfish, and sharks. In a conversational tone, Arnosky relates personal yet information-filled stories of encountering these creatures while boating or simply wading in the ocean. Detailed paintings illustrate the text, and several foldout spreads add to the appeal of this up-close look at the sea. Reading list.
Subjects: Natural History; Animals—Marine animals; Oceans

sea_desmond_bluewhaleDesmond, Jenni  The Blue Whale
Gr. K–3
     44 pp.     Enchanted Lion

Both beautiful and instructive, this volume offers a child-friendly presentation of facts about this amazing mammal: fifty people could stand inside its mouth, “a single breath could inflate 2,000 balloons,” and so on. More poetic than these examples might suggest, Desmond’s words accompany art in luscious blues that ranges in mood from whimsical to dreamlike to majestic.
Subjects: Mammals; Animals—Whales

sea_guiberson_mostamazingGuiberson, Brenda Z.  The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea
Gr. K–3   32 pp.     Holt

Illustrated by Gennady Spirin. Thirteen sea creatures describe their unique looks and habits, and ask readers to decide which is most amazing: e.g., the box jellyfish with twenty-four eyes and no brain or the leatherback sea turtle that can hold its breath for eighty-five minutes. Paintings in yellow-greenish tones evoke the denizens’ mysterious underwater habitat. An author’s note with an eye toward conservation is appended. Websites. Bib.
Subjects: Natural History; Animals—Marine animals; Oceans

sea_pringle_octopusesPringle, Laurence  Octopuses!: Strange and Wonderful
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Boyds

Illustrated by Meryl Henderson. Thorough descriptions present scientific information about these mollusks, including impressive facts about their versatile bodies and “smart” behaviors (e.g., shooting a decoy cloud of octopus-shaped ink to fool predators) along with the basics about physiology, reproduction, and habitat. Henderson’s illustrations feature a colorful range of octopus species, deftly conveying their amazing beauty, flexibility, and motion. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Insects and Invertebrates; Animals—Octopuses

sea_waters_sharksWaters, John F.  Sharks Have Six Senses
Gr. K–3
     40 pp.     HarperCollins/Harper

Illustrated by Bob Barner. Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Although this is a straightforward book of information, it’s built around an engaging narrative that introduces the other five shark senses, as well as the headline sixth one, electroreception. Almost every page features a different shark species illustrated in paper collage and pastels that suggest the underwater environment well (even if they lack detail). The afterword has additional information. Websites. Glos.
Subjects: Fish; Animals—Sharks; Senses and sensation

From the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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