Monday, April 26, 2010

Prowling the Seas: Exploring the Hidden World of Ocean Predators by Pamela S. Turner

When asked to list predators, most people begin with predators that roam the land, like lions and tigers. But there is an entire world of predators and prey off land in the ocean. Pamela S. Turner explores these predators in Prowling the Seas: Exploring the Hidden World of Ocean Predators. The book follows the scientists of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project as they tag and study ocean predators.

Readers meet Genevieve, a leatherback sea turtle and her turtle friends in the Great Turtle Race as they swim to the Galapagos Islands after nesting; a bluefin tuna preying in the California Current; a white shark that swims from Northern California to Hawaii; and seabirds in New Zealand. Readers also meet the scientists who work with the animals.

Along the way, readers learn interesting facts about the predators and the areas in which they live. Full color photographs show TOPP scientists working with the predators and the predators swimming in their natural habitat. Maps of the paths the tagged animals took are sprinkled throughout the book.

In her true style, Pamela S. Turner makes nonfiction come alive with conversational and engaging copy. Not only is this a great resource for science classes, but it is a great choice for little explorers interested in ocean life.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797483
  • Source: Review copy from publisher

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