March 26, 2019

#BookReview for Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves by Heather L Montgomery

Synopsis: Everyone knows that butterflies and frogs go through metamorphosis. But a number of sea creatures do too! Experienced science writer Heather L. Montgomery explores wacky details in the life cycles of some of the world's most bizarre and fascinating ocean animals in this fresh spin on a highly curricular topic.

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About the Author:  
Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. An award-winning educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She has a BS in biology and an MS in environmental education and has published fifteen science books, including 2019 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill. Inquiry is her life.

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My Review: This story takes the reader on a journey of the sea.  I even found out some things that I didn't know to start.  Our middle grade/children book reviewer Anarece found this one to be very fun and informative.  She learned a lot of new things and even decided to donate this title to her school.  So other kids could learn some things as well.  If you think you know everything about the depths of the ocean think again!! 

Even now we are discovering new things. 

"The ocean teems with microscopic organisms that develop and transform through metamorphosis into more-familiar creatures such as crabs, giant clams, slipper lobsters, and jellies. After introducing her six monsters--trochophores, veligers, planulae, phyllosomae, zoeae, and gnathiid pranizae--science writer Montgomery goes on chapter by chapter to define the general concept of metamorphosis, show how larvae and adults have different foods and lead different lives, explain how and why larvae move around, describe the different kinds of help mothers provide, offer examples of what controls these developmental changes, and share some of the many mysteries that remain about the process. A breezy, chatty text addresses readers directly using informal terms such as 'tippy top' and 'cowabunga!'--as well as numerous exclamation points. It's broken up with headings, boxes, and colorful photographs, making this unfamiliar topic more accessible. Since the likely audience is old enough to know how to use an index or a glossary, it is unfortunate that the ones provided are so limited. There is 'one sweet little chart' that will help enormously, showing the names of all creatures mentioned as larvae, in additional stages, and as adults. Readers who already know about tadpoles and frogs, caterpillars and butterflies on land will be intrigued to discover a similar process in the ocean. A lively presentation of an unusual subject, a hidden and little-known part of our natural world."--Kirkus Reviews

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