Few subjects enthrall children, from reluctant to experienced readers, more than animals. Whether they’re the beloved fictitious animal characters created in novels, or the fascinating, sometimes horrifying, always mesmerizing animals children discover in non-fiction, animals hold an attraction that never palls. This month, ReaderKidZ celebrates books about animals by introducing our guest author Pamela Turner and her wonderful book PROJECT SEAHORSE (Houghton Mifflin 2010).
Did you know that seahorses are actually fish? That there are more than 40 different kinds of seahorses, ranging in size from as small as a cashew nut to as long as a banana? That seahorses change color to match their surroundings and that it’s the males that get pregnant instead of the females, and give birth to as many as 2,000 babies at one time? These facts and many more, combined with fantastically vivid photographs, make Turner’s book about two biologists working to save the reef environment that supports seahorses and other invaluable sea animals from destruction off the coast of Handumon, a community in the Philippines, endlessly fascinating. The book is a powerful cry, too, to stop the killing of more than 20 million seahorses every year for decorative purposes.
Read, “What’s Your Story, Pamela S. Turner?” HERE.
For more about Pamela and her books, visit her webpage HERE.