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|Glow : animals with their own night-lights|
Author: Beck, W. H.
Brings the glowing world of bioluminescence to light for young readers with photographs.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 178904
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 67926
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/15)
School Library Journal (01/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2015 This introduction to bioluminescence for young readers takes a highly visual look at a scientific phenomenon and its uses. After a brief sampling of animals that glow (“Some glow on land”; “Some glow in the air”), this slim volume turns to the part of the planet that boasts the most bioluminescent animals: deep underwater. Animals glow for many reasons, Beck asserts—to attract prey, to communicate, to repel predators—but many of those reasons still remain a mystery to scientists. This overview is an effective jumping-off point for younger readers; for those interested in learning more, extensive back matter provides more detailed information on the animals discussed, as well as a bibliography. But aspiring scientists and casual observers alike will be attracted to the layout of this volume: photographs of the various glowing creatures are suspended on a black background, creating a stark, eerie effect that will entrance readers as much as the content itself. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 1–4—The cover photograph of a bizarre, long-toothed fish with a personal flashlight quickly catches the eye. The stunning photographs on pure black pages with white text depict spectacular and intriguing creatures in great detail. The text is written on two levels. Simple narration about the creatures and their activities appears in a large font near the top of the page ("[Lantern fish] glow to find a friend."), while below in smaller font, there is further information on each fish, bug, and sea creature featured ("Lantern fish find other lantern fish with the lights on their side. Bioluminescence is the most widely used form of communication the planet."). Both the narrative text and the informational paragraphs introduce scientific terms and concepts. A final note explains that the photographs make many of the creatures appear larger than they are and that the use of flash negates much of the glow. Each animal is shown in a small square with its glow areas highlighted. Its common name, scientific name, dimensions, and ocean depth (in both inches and metric) are provided. VERDICT This book is sure to capture—and hold—readers' attention.—Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.