Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

by Christine Butterworth and John Lawrence

Lyrical prose and delicate engravings elevate an informational book about sea horses... read more

Lyrical prose and delicate engravings elevate an informational book about sea horses to a lovely work of art. “In the warm ocean, among the waving sea-grass meadows, an eye like a small black bead is watching the fish dart by.” The eye belongs to a male Barbour’s sea horse, and the author goes on to describe his camouflage capability, mating behavior, and “pregnancy,” as he carries eggs in a pouch on his body. One of the hundreds of babies born from his pouch is a female, “as long as your eyelash,” who eats plankton and makes her home on a coral reef. The story text is supplemented with sea horse facts on most pages, noted in a smaller typeface. An index and additional paragraph about sea horses are found at the book’s end. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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