Face to Face with Manatees
by Brian Skerry

Price at time of review: $16.95
32 pp.
National Geographic Society
Washington, DC
ISBN: 9781426306167

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by Juliana Texley
NSTA Web Field Editor

The award-winning Face to Face series features real stories of wildlife photographers as they record the behaviors of animals. The first-person accounts of Brian Skerry as he and his family encounter manatees in Florida are no exception. Combining his photos and details of this giant mammal's life cycle make an exceptional book, which earned recognition as an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2011.

Each book in this series includes information about how zoologists research and gather information. Skerry describes other researchers' work and even includes the experiences of his family members as they encounter these huge creatures in Florida waters. The text includes information on anatomy, life cycle, and behavior. Red tides and disappearing sanctuaries threaten manatees, and the challenges of maintaining a safe habitat for manatees in tourist areas are well-described. The book's appendices include extra facts, maps, a good index, and photographic notes.

Review posted on 11/29/2010

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