HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Look Closer: Tide Pool
Author: Christiane Gunzi
Photographer: Frank Greenaway
Publisher: DK Children, republished in 1998
ISBN-13: 978-1564581310 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1564581314 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0789429728 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0789429721 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gunzi, Christiane. Look Closer: Tide Pool (published in 1992 by Dorling Kindersley Publishing). Tide pools, rocky pools by oceans filled with seawater, many of which exist as separate entities only at low tide, are habitats of uniquely adaptable animals that have engaged the special attention of naturalists and marine biologists. This book gives a close up look at the natural world of the tide pool, discussing the different kinds of plants and animals that can be found there and how they interact with each other. The beautiful photographs show false flowers, crabs, water weeds, sea spines, velvet crabs, rock starfish, sea lemons, and slugs to complement the information on the plants and animals.
These “Look Closer” books from Dorling Kindersley with their information and stunning photographs picture nature in extraordinary close-up situations and with an intimacy unrivaled by other wildlife books. Each title features magnificently detailed, larger-than-life photographs on every spread. They will enthrall any child who has ever wondered how a butterfly wing looks to another butterfly or how a spider sees its own web. The text and annotations give a real sense of where each plant or creature lives, how it eats, breeds, and survives, and what adaptations it makes to its particular habitat. Colored artwork shows the scale of the animal or plant, and a glossary defines the meanings of unfamiliar words. Tide Pool is highly recommended for children who love the beach.