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Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

by Chris Butterworth
Illustrated by John Lawrence

Published by Candlewick Press, 2006
28 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-2989-8

Ages 4-8

Lyrical prose and delicate engravings elevate an informational book about sea horses to a lovely work of art. “In the warm ocean, among the waving sea-grass meadows, an eye like a small black bead is watching the fish dart by.” The eye belongs to a male Barbour’s sea horse, and the author goes on to describe his camouflage capability, mating behavior, and “pregnancy,” as he carries eggs in a pouch on his body. One of the hundreds of babies born from his pouch is a female, “as long as your eyelash,” who eats plankton and makes her home on a coral reef. The story text is supplemented with sea horse facts on most pages, noted in a smaller typeface. An index and additional paragraph about sea horses are found at the book’s end. (MVL) ©2007 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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