Slow Down for Manatees
by Jim Arnosky

Price at time of review: $16.99
32 pp.
Penguin Books
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780399241703

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

An endangered species, caring scientists, and a fascinating habitat combine in this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2011. In this story, an injured manatee is rescued and taken to a recovery center where it gives birth. After rehabilitation, the mother and baby are released back into Florida waters.

The narrative will give readers an example of how scientists can work successfully with wild animals. The practices of science, including observation, careful procedures, and communication, are emphasized. An "Afterword" section puts the case in context.

Review posted on 3/18/2011

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