Grade 1-3-Most spreads in these small-format books include a page of large-print text facing a glossy, close-up photograph. Of the two, Food Chain is the less successful. It provides an example of a chain, but the explanation of food webs is oversimplified. There is no discussion of the importance and complexity of the interrelationships between chains and webs, or the effects that breaks in one chain can have on the natural balance of the entire web. Patricia Lauber's Who Eats What? (HarperCollins, 1995) includes a section on sea life and gives examples of the consequences of broken food chains. Getting Around discusses how various forms of sea life move through water while providing examples of the types of movement (swimming, crawling, or drifting) and physical adaptations (body, tail, and fin shapes) that enable locomotion. Good-quality photographs illustrate the movement of marine life and some specific physical features. This title is a simplified but nonetheless successful presentation of the subject.
Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR
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