Partners (Under the Sea (Rourke))

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9781589521148: Partners (Under the Sea (Rourke))

Solid addition to the third grade science curriculum, introducing a fascinating variety of sea animals.

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Reviewed with Lynn Stone's Partners.

Gr. 2-3. These books in the Under the Sea series are small in format but full of facts. There are, however, some flaws, sometimes in the art and sometimes in the flow of material. Food Chain introduces the concept of food as energy and briefly explains how energy is transferred. The book begins oddly ("People love the smell of bacon cooking. People enjoy eating."), but the chapters about food chains and food webs are informative. Diagrams of the concepts would have clarified the facts. Instead, photographs of random fish fill the pages. Photos aren't a problem in Partners. Crisp color shots clearly show piggybacking on one another (sometimes literally) for the benefit of one or both. Among the topics discussed are parasites, harmless partners, and partners with a symbiotic relationship. There are lots of facts here, but the text is choppy. Still, primary-graders will find these titles of interest, and the brief bibliographies and a few Web site listings will lead kids to more. Ilene Cooper
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Grade 1-2-Two very basic introductions. In both books, the full-color photos carry most of the impact since the texts are so minimal and simplistic. It is hard to imagine either volume providing more than a starting point for even beginning reports. Kelp Forest devotes only half of its limited text to the plants themselves and then ranges quickly over the animals that live nearby. Partners offers examples of both parasitic and beneficial relationships among marine creatures. Unless there is unusually high demand for materials on these topics for this audience, libraries would do better to select titles that provide more information per dollar invested.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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