Project Seahorse
by Pamela S. Turner

Price at time of review: $18.00
64 pp.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston, MA
ISBN: 9780547207131

Grade Level: 6-12

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

This detailed narrative shows scientists off an island in the Philippines who work to help the dwindling numbers of seahorses and to protect their coral reef ecosystem. Scientist Amanda Vincent learns to work with local experts, cooperating to develop new ways to maintain the species and regulate the harvest. In working with the local fishing community to protect this fragile ecosystem, a way of life is also being preserved.

This story of a unique species and an international conservation effort earned a place as an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2011 not only because of its accurate science but because of its potential to illustrate the human and cultural dimensions of science. It is ideal for middle and secondary interdisciplinary studies. There are acknowledgments, a glossary, resources, an index, and an appendix that helps students understand how to protect seahorses.

Review posted on 3/20/2011

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