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Siamese fighting fish
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Introduces the physical characteristics, life cycle, and fierce behavior of the Siamese fighting fish, also identifying differences between those in the wild and those bred for sale in pet shops.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 1616.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.4 3 Quiz: 23441 Guided reading level: M.
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SF458.B4 L35 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF458.B4 L35 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF458.B4 L35 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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- "Words to Know" glossary clarifies subject-specific vocabulary- "Learning More" section encourages independent study- Index makes navigating subject matter easy

Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. Landau's True Book--Animals series entries introduce species of fish that are of special interest to children. An almost-square format, large type, and plenty of captioned photographs in full color give the volumes their distinctive look. Jellyfish explores the structure, variety, and unique features of these otherworldly sea creatures. Siamese Fighting Fish discusses the varieties bred for sale in pet shops as well as those living in the wild. Perhaps because the species is known mainly as an aquarium fish, the book is classified in the 600s. Other volumes in the series appear in the 500s, although they may also include information on the specific fish as pets. Check the Series Roundup in this issue for volumes on piranhas and sea horses. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Fish with unusual characteristics are featured in these clearly written, well-organized, and attractively formatted introductions. The texts, printed in large, boldface type, describe the general physical and behavioral characteristics common to all varieties of their respective subjects and some unique traits of individual species, and explain how to choose healthy specimens at aquarium shops or pet stores. (Piranhas stresses that these fish are definitely not recommended as pets for children, or for adults inexperienced in aquarium fish care.) Sea Horses and Siamese Fighting Fish include information on mating and egg-laying behavior. Clear, full-color photographs appear on most pages. Additional bits of information are presented in picture captions set against different colored rectangles. There are some minor flaws. Not all of the species depicted are identified by common name. Also, a small proportion of the photos seem to be mere visual padding. The lucid texts, however, make up for these minor inadequacies. Susan Grossman's Piranhas (Silver Burdett, 1994) offers some theories on reproduction (as yet little is known about breeding in the wild) and discusses the Amazon Basin habitat in more detail. Landau's title, however, is better organized and illustrated. Rebecca Stefoff's Sea Horse (Benchmark, 1996) does not provide as much detail on physical characteristics or behavior but has excellent close-up photos. Information on Siamese fighting fish is scarce. Welcome additions to natural-history collections.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.