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Underwater Counting: Even Numbers

Underwater Counting: Even Numbers

Jerry Pallotta
Illustrator:   David Biedrzycki 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Charlesbridge, 2001   ISBN: 978-0881068009

The world’s oceans and seas are full of beautiful, bizarre, and remarkable creatures, and in this book, you will get to meet just a few of them. On one page, you will see manta rays floating through the water feeding, their wings flapping gently. These enormous creatures can weigh up to a ton and a half. At the other end of the scale, you will see tiny baby turtles who dash for the water as soon as they hatch out of their eggs. Due to their tiny size, most of these diminutive babies will not survive to become adults.

Some of the fish you will see in this book have adapted to their environment in very unique ways. To escape from predators, flyingfish have evolved in such a way that they are able to leap out of the water and glide over the waves. Trumpetfish have a different approach. Instead of trying to escape from predators, they choose to hide. When trouble appears on the scene, the long and thin Trumpetfish hangs vertically in the water so that it looks like a piece of coral or seaweed.

If are interested in ocean and sea animals then you are sure to enjoy looking through this fact-filled counting book. With an obvious sense of humor, Jerry Pallotta takes us beneath the waves to meet some beautiful and some very strange animals. As you turn the pages, the number of animals on the spreads increase by two until you end up with scenes that are full of floating, crawling, swimming, or even flying creatures.