Our book of the month is What Sea Creature Is This? written by Nancy Kelly Allen and illustrated by Gloria Brown. Nancy Kelly Allen is the author of several books of natural history for children as well as the “Troublesome Creek” fiction series. The illustrator, Gloria Brown, started her career as a book designer, working in Times Square.
This book is great for all children, young and old. When we can get a good look at shellfish, scaly fish or underwater mammals, they hold our attention. Some are beautiful; others are freaky looking. The appearance of a marine citizen is just the beginning of its fascinating story. Sea creatures do the strangest things. Most of their odd-seeming behaviors increase their chances of survival. Their weird ways help capture food or scare away those who would prefer to eat them.
The book introduces each creature by revealing one or two sensational facts about it. No reader is left guessing. The author names each creature and the artist shows what it actually looks like in its watery home. The bonus is a funny drawing of every creature that will appeal to children’s imaginations and stick in their memories. As you read you will find sea creatures that are here at The Dallas World Aquarium; such as, wrasses, sea anemones, clownfish, flashlight fish, sea cucumber, parrotfish and sponges. On your next visit see if you can find them!
What Sea Creature Is This? sells for $11.95 in our Book Store and as always, our members do receive a discount of 10%. This book is a fun guide to the lifestyles of the wet and squirmy.