Sponges Are Skeletons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

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9780060210373: Sponges Are Skeletons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Sploosh! Splash! Dribble! Did you know your bath sponge once lived in the sea? Sponges come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Barbara Juster Esbensen and Holly Keller have paired an engaging text with funny, kid-friendly illustrations to reveal that a sponge is not just a bath toy.

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Barbara Juster Esbensen was the author of many popular fiction and nonfiction picture books, including Baby Whales Drink Milk, another Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science title.

Holly Keller has illustrated numerous picture books, such as Nola Bucks Morning in the Meadow, and the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science title Lets Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans. She lives in West Redding, CT.

Holly Keller has illustrated a number of books in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, including Be a Friend to Trees. She is also the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Island Baby and Horace.

Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, Connecticut.

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Gr. 1-4. A new addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series, this book explains how some bath sponges are actually the skeletons of animals that have been harvested by divers from the ocean floor. Typical of the highly regarded series, the presentation is both lively and informative. "Sploosh! Splash! Dribble! Time to squeeze a skeleton." The text is simple and thought provoking, and the illustrations are bright and animated. Esbensen does strike a somewhat jarring, if realistic, note by stressing that sponges are beautiful living animals ("No two living sponges are ever exactly the same shape.") while at the same time promoting their harvest for use as bath sponges ("A sponge is especially good for washing because it holds more water than a washcloth. . . . The sponges die and their skins rot. The smell is terrible--whew!"). Otherwise, this book is a very child-friendly examination of an interesting creature and its use by humans. Annie Ayres

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