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Alfred Box of Books Library 1 J 595.492 S Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Angelica Free Library 1 J 595.492 S Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Cuba Circulating Library Association 1 J 595.492 SCH Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 J 595.492 S Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Horseheads Free Library 1 J 595.492 S Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Richburg - Colonial Library 1 J 595.492 S New Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library 1 J 595.492 S Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Whitesville Public Library 1 J 595.492 S Juvenile NonFiction Book
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Summary

Summary

Dual-layered text introduces the life cycle of the horseshoe crab, with a focus on the annual mass-spawning event at Delaware Bay.


Author Notes

Lisa Kahn Schnell is a writer, book reviewer, and scientist with a masters degree in plant ecology who has published several nonfiction essays for adults. This is her first book.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This nonfiction picture book balances information with literary language to provide an engaging choice for very young seashore scientists. Each watercolor-filled, double-page spread illustrates a moment in the life cycle of this arthropod: their nighttime arrival above the tide line to lay their eggs; the shore birds that prey on those eggs; beach walkers and environmentalists who tag individual horseshoe crabs to track migratory patterns and behavior; and the eventual departure of the hatchlings back into the ocean until the next season. Schnell weaves together the crabs' behavior and that of other creatures on the beach, including humans, which gives a well-rounded and interesting view of the beach ecosystem. Marks' watercolor-and-pencil illustrations depict a wide range of perspectives, both above and below the water, as well as a diverse cast of people and realistic renderings of horseshoe crabs. The fairly extensive back matter offers further information, including websites about different types of shore life, a map of the richest horseshoe crab mating areas in America, and activities and resources for expanded learning.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2015 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-This charming picture book describes the annual spawning of horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay. Softly hued, delicately detailed watercolor spreads depict the events: the crabs gathering on the beach to mate and lay their eggs in the sand, migratory birds arriving to feast on the eggs that haven't been buried deeply enough, scientists and volunteers coming to watch, and the baby crabs eventually hatching and making their way to the sea. Brief, bold action statements introduce the different sections, and the language provides analogies children can grasp ("Some of these birds weigh only as much as a handful of paper clips. Still, they are powerful enough to fly thousands of miles."). Readers will learn about the spawning process, as well as how scientists and volunteers tag these animals for identification purposes. Thorough back matter provides more information, including how products made from the crabs can benefit people. End pages present detailed anatomical diagrams of the top and underside of a horseshoe crab. Schnell also lets readers know how they can witness the spawning for themselves. VERDICT A wonderful introduction to these creatures and the importance of monitoring them. A particularly strong addition for Eastern seaboard locations, as well as for collections across the country.-Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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