These delicate and beautiful barriers between land and water are treasured by humans, and vital to countless plant and animal species. Readers will learn about the intricate ecosystems of tidal pools, estuaries, and coral reefs, and the adaptations that allow marine animals to live on land during low tides. This beautifully illustrated book also discusses the damage caused by pesticides, fishing nets, and litter, and debates the pros and cons of aqua farming.
1/1/08 Library Media Connection
These busy books are set up in a styIe and format that would appeal to young Web users. The contents are presented in fact-rich spreads; the text is divided into short paragraphs, sidebars, and captions using different fonts; and there are many pop-up explanatory notes and numerous colorful photos and graphics. Shocker swirls indicate little known facts; the sticky notes include bullet point information; bubbles provide word origins and meanings; and the question mark sidebars provide cognitive insights. The series avoids bias by presenting the
issues in a straightforward, factual manner and then asking the reader, "What do you think?" Liberty provides simple steps for justifying an opinion. Each title's "Aftershocks" section presents a specific circumstance pertaining to the topic and allows the reader to choose either the pro or con point of view, as expressed by a young person and based on the factual information presented in the book. Although the subject material for each book may become dated, this is an excellent series to update the current issues section of a collection. Bibliography. Glossary. Web sites. Index. Recommended.