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They swim the seas : the mystery of animal migration
Simon, Seymour.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Describes the migration of marine animals and plants as they journey through rivers, seas, and oceans.
Reading Level:
1150 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.5 1.0 51241.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.9 3 Quiz: 23859.
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Central Library QH91.16 .S57 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Clearfield Library QH91.16 .S57 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
East Aurora Library QH91.16 .S57 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QH91.16 .S57 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The oceans of the world are busy highways for creatures on the move. Plankton - small plants and animals, some so tiny they cannot be seen without a microscope - travel up to the surface and then down more than three thousand feet twice a day; eight-hundred-pound green turtles swim more than a thousand miles to lay their eggs; and spiny lobsters, forming long lines, walk across the ocean bottom. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon and illustrator Elsa Warnick team again in this vivid companion to Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants. Fascinating glimpses of the mysterious migration of sea creatures will enthrall and amaze young readers.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. In spare, elegant language, Simon describes the migrations of marine plants and animals from the elevatorlike movements of microscopic plankton to the 4,000-mile journeys of gray whales. He has selected particularly intriguing creatures whose mysterious habits are certain to fascinate readers: eels who leave their freshwater homes in Europe and the U.S. and disappear in the Sargasso Sea to spawn, spiny lobsters who march single file from Bimini to deeper Gulf Stream waters, and tuna and salmon who return to the same spawning grounds where they were born after roaming thousands of miles around the oceans. In a concluding section, Simon provides additional information about the habits and physical characteristics of these animals. Warnick's fine watercolor illustrations are a perfect complement to Simon's fluid writing. She has captured the purposeful movement described in the text and rendered it in lively paintings that flow across the pages. --Chris Sherman

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