Michael and Sam enjoy a day on Captain Betty's boat as they explore the nature found among Florida's Seashell Islands and the captain shares her profound knowledge of wildlife with the boys.
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Grade 2-4-- Yes, Virginia, there is a Captain Betty, plying the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound in the Piece-a-Cake , taking tourists on nature and shelling cruises, expounding the history of Sanibel and Captiva and the islets that surround them. Here the author and illustrator's sons spend the day aboard, fishing, shelling, swimming, and observing the fascinating array of wildlife in this tropical haven, absorbing Captain Betty's tales of pirates and pelicans, manatees, mangroves, and moonsnails. The text (a tad stiff and awkward when Captain Betty expounds at length) is accompanied by a large number of full-color photos, some inviting closeups, others broader horizons. The facts are accurate and informative (though a peculiar bit of ibis nesting behavior is not verifiable, and one wonders if it is a local phenomenon, or a "tourist tale"). The book's main problem is the age of the two small boys, in contrast to the older audience capable of reading the detailed text on their own. Still, as a read-aloud, this offering will take children down the road from Disney World, where the real can be as much fun as make-believe. A personal glimpse of a unique piece of Florida and its rich wildlife. --Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027674304
Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027674304