Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life
Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life
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Annotation: Captures the endless variety of spectacular marine species, from the beautiful starfish and coral reefs, to the scary sharks and barracudas.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #87854
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Sterling
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 41 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-402-78623-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83304-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-402-78623-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83304-3
Dewey: 591.77
LCCN: 2012012863
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This follow-up to Slither and Crawl and Creep and Flutter examines marine animals, including stingrays, dolphins, jellyfish, and sharks. In a conversational tone, Arnosky relates personal yet information-filled stories of encountering these creatures while boating or simply wading in the ocean. Detailed paintings illustrate the text, and several foldout spreads add to the appeal of this up-close look at the sea. Reading list.
Publishers Weekly
Arnosky follows Creep and Flutter and Slither and Crawl by taking to the water, allowing readers to discover aquatic species through a mock nature journal and luminous illustrations. Foldout pages provide an immersive perspective on the underwater world, hinting at the ocean-s magnitude and diversity. Arnosky-s prose is both solidly informational and lyrical as it introduces each animal: -Some jellyfish such as the moon jellyfish and upside-down jellyfish can swim from place to place by undulating their bodies.- Shaded pencil drawings of sea life with brief, handwritten descriptions add to the sense that readers are in the field alongside Arnosky. His descriptive accounts of his wild adventures-such as photographing sharks by moonlight-are intimate and exciting; his respect for the natural world, contagious. Ages 6-10. Agent: Susan Schulman, Susan Schulman Literary Agency. (Apr.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 2&11;5&12; Arnosky has been directing his painterly eye and literary hand to the natural world for many years, ranging from artful works on raccoons in a cornfield to taloned raptors in the ether. Here he turns his considerable talents to life in the sea in the style of previous works such as Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators (2011) and Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles (2009, both Sterling). With foldout pages and many life-size illustrations, this overview is less tightly focused, touching on sea life from coral reefs to sailfish, from sea jellies to fiddler crabs, all depicted in a burst of shimmering blues and greens with splashes of yellow. The informative and lucid text is larded with personal experiences as Arnosky wades, kayaks, boats, and fishes in the "sparkling" world of water he so obviously enjoys. Soft pencil sketches ranging from coral species to sharks' tails slip along the outer margins of the pages of text, a gentle counterpoint to the exuberant, colorful acrylics. Informative, to be sure, and eminently readable, this dynamic title will be an explosive visual feast for many children.&12; Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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School Library Journal Starred Review (5/1/13)
Horn Book (4/1/14)
Publishers Weekly
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 41).
Word Count: 3,735
Reading Level: 6.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 158247 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q61220
Lexile: NC1150L

What can you see in the deep blue sea? Dolphins, stingrays, men o' war, and more! In Shimmer & Splash , acclaimed author and artist Jim Arnosky--whose award-winning nature books delight children, parents, and teachers alike--captures the endless variety of spectacular marine species. From the beautiful (starfish, coral reefs) to the scary (sharks, barracudas) to the yucky (jellyfish), these undersea inhabitants will amaze kids...especially in the seven fantastic gatefolds!

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