HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Pier at the End of the World: A Tilbury House Nature Book
Author: Paul Erickson
Photographer: Andrew Martinez
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers, 2014
Related website: http://www.tilburyhouse.com (publisher)
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)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Erickson, Paul. The Pier at the End of the World: A Tilbury House Nature Book (published in 2014 by Tilbury House Publishers, 12 Starr St., Thomaston, ME 04861). What would you expect to find around an old, abandoned pier at the end of the world that used to be a busy place but today is crumbling into the sea? Is your answer, “Nothing”? Well, you’d be wrong. Although people are no longer there, other forms of life thrive beneath it, such as plankton, wolffish, sea urchins, sea anemones, lumpsuckers, pout, sea ravens, shannies, many kinds of sea stars, sea slugs, sea scallops, redfish, hermit crabs, and lobsters, among many others. Whether during morning, noontime, afternoon, evening, or night, these amazing sea creatures prowl, crawl, slither, and swim through the waters covering the pier’s old stone foundations. What do you think a spiny lumpsucker looks like?
Author Paul Erickson has authored or co-authored numerous magazine articles and three books about undersea life. Photographer Andrew Martinez’s spectacular images of the undersea world give the reader an up close and personal look at life beneath the ocean’s surface. In the back are a picture comparison exercise and several pages of additional information about other, smaller animals living under the pier and about the species mentioned in the text. There is one reference to something that is said to have taken place hundreds of millions of years ago. Life under the sea has always been a source of wonder for mankind. The Pier at the End of the World is ideal for the future oceanographer or marine biologist. Did you know that the sea slug can arm itself with stinging cells stolen from an anemone?