Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea

Book: Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea
Author: Ellen Prager
Illustrator: Shennen Bersani
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1628552102 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1628552107 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1628552195 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1628552190 (Paperback)
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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 4-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Prager, Ellen. Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea (published in 2014 by Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). Is there really such a thing as “sea slime”? If so, what is it? And what does it do? Yes, sea slime does actually exist. Another name is “mucus.” It is very slippery, really gooey, and sometimes sticky. Lots of sea creatures, like jellyfish, sea slugs, sea butterflies, violet snails, parrotfish, clownfish, hagfish, moray eels, squid, and corals have it. They use it to go fast, find food, or even avoid being some other creature’s lunch. Did you know that there’s such a thing as a “vampire squid”? If you lived in the ocean, would you make sea slime? How would you use it?

Most kids really like anything having to do with slime. The author, Dr. Ellen Prager, is a well-respected marine scientist who is widely recognized for her expertise and ability to bring science to the layperson. Shennen Bersani’s illustrations will help youngsters to visualize the fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime for catching food, protecting themselves, or moving from place to place in the undersea environment. The “For Creative Minds” pages have a true-false quiz about slimy animals, further information on slime and the sea habitats where it is found, and a recipe to make your own slime. More free teaching activities can be found online at the publisher’s website. Kids will have an eewuy, gooey time reading or listening to Sea Slime.

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