|Slow down for manatees|
Author: Arnosky, Jim
Injured by a passing motorboat, a pregnant manatee is rescued and taken to an aquarium to recover and have her baby in a safe environment.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 136124
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 49172
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/09)
School Library Journal (02/01/10)
The Hornbook (05/10)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2010 Gr 1–3— A pregnant manatee swimming in the shallow waters of a Florida canal is injured when a fast-moving motorboat hits her, cutting her back and tail with its propellers and crushing her ribs against the canal bottom as it passes over her. Luckily, the accident is observed by some fishermen who alert a rescue group that has the equipment to remove her from the canal to a seaside aquarium tank where she can be observed and heal. She soon becomes a favorite of aquarium visitors and, after she gives birth to a healthy calf, both are returned to the same canal where the cow was found, along with a sign—"SLOW DOWN! MANATEES." This fictional account of an actual event is told in a brief, straightforward text. An author's note advises readers that manatees, a protected endangered species, have few natural enemies. Their primary "predators" are boat propellers, which can inflict fatal wounds on them. Once again, Arnosky has produced a short nature lesson designed to introduce young children to an animal and its habitat and to develop appreciation and respect for the natural world. His appealing realistic acrylic wash paintings—most featuring the bright aqua, marine blue, and yellow-greens of the ocean—accurately convey the action.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2010 A pregnant manatee’s painful encounter with its species’ chief predator—people in a motorboat—sparks a successful animal-rescue effort in Arnosky’s latest foray into natural history. In illustrations done with pale, translucent washes of color, young readers can follow workers as they carefully hoist the injured animal out of the water, transport her to a holding pen until the (bloodless but deep and plainly visible) propeller slashes across her back start to heal, then release her and her newborn baby back into the wild. The gentle giants’ behavior is never anthropomorphic here, though a closing claim that boaters from now on will heed a newly posted warning sign (“Slow Down! Manatees”) may be a touch idealistic. An afterword goes into greater depth on the dangers that boats, even those piloted by very careful captains, pose to manatees, and on the real account that inspired this tale. - Copyright 2010 Booklist.