About Fish: A Guide for Children (About... (Peachtree))

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A new addition to the award-winning natural science series for young children ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER and author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, team up again to offer young readers another first glimpse into our natural world in the latest book in the acclaimed About... series. In simple, easy-to-understand language children learn the basic characteristics of what fish are, how they swim, breathe, and reproduce, and the different ways they protect themselves from predators. The beautifully detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of the fish population-from an Arctic char to a Porcupine Fish-and present each in its natural underwater habitat. An afterword, which provides further details on the fish portrayed, will inspire young readers to learn more. "Marvelous paintings evoke the seashore, with all its color and fluidity... An excellent first resource book for young children." "A simple, handsome book." -School Library Journal

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CATHRYN SILL, a graduate of Western Carolina University, has been an elementary school teacher for fifteen years. With her husband John and brother-in-law Ben, she co-authored A Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America, Another Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America, and Beyond Birdwatching.

JOHN SILL, a North Carolina native, holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has gained several awards and an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist.

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Ages 2-6. The Sills, whose previous books include About Amphibians (2001) and About Reptiles (1999), extend their useful series with an elementary introduction to fish. Beautifully illustrated with delicate, precise watercolor paintings, the text uses simple words to discuss topics such as how fish move, breathe, and protect themselves from predators. Each of the 15 spreads in this well-designed volume features a full-page illustration on one side facing a line or phrase of text on the other. Simple enough for a preschool teacher to read aloud in class, and easy enough for new readers to read for themselves, the presentation is extended by an informative afterword that includes a miniature black-and-white reproduction of each painting and a paragraph of text that identifies the species pictured, explains how it represents the concept mentioned, and further discusses the fish. Carolyn Phelan
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