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Starfish (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0064451984
LANGUAGE:English

" A short and colorful book all about starfish. Very informative without being too long. Our girls enjoyed this book. " said.

" For very early readers, this meditation on starfish would serve as a good supplement to a lesson on starfish but on it's own might leave students wanting more. Paper collage illustrations are at times beautiful but do not always succeed in supporting the text. " said.

"I'm torn between a three- and a four-star rating for Starfish. For what it is, it's a solid four-star book. It's an excellent non-fiction book for young children (pre-school) because the text is minimal but effective in teaching kids about these animals. I also think the book would be a good read aloud book for kids who are just learning to read, or for ESL students. In addition, the pictures are lovely and do a nice job of illustrating what the text is explaining.

Now, why three stars? My niece and nephew liked the book, but I wouldn't say they loved it. I think that they would have enjoyed it more if the text had been even more informative and expansive--I'm thinking something along the lines of Desert Giant, which held their attention and fed their brains to full. There just wasn't enough meat here--certainly nothing that completely captivated them.
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" Sparse text provides lots of information. " said.

" Use for American Girl Program - Kailey Hopkins " said.

"Many first readers are repetitive, and this title from the Let's-Read-and-Find Out Science series is no exception. The text is insulting - the endnote that says "Starfish are not really fish - they are sea stars" could most certainly have been included, but the book is dumbed down by the text talks down to the reader (or read to). An attempt at poetic prose comes out stilted and forced, and there are some difficult words for a stage one reader, such as tangle, oysters, and different.
The book shows great diversity, but makes no attempt to connect this microcosm to the larger picture. The book compares the different varieties without going into detail about any one. This is not a book that can be used for school reports.

The appendix is titled "Find out more about starfish" but instead of listing things like specific habitat, lifespan, number of young, how much sea stars eat per day, etc. the note about sea stars is offered. Further activities include copying and coloring starfish and making a collage, or going down to the ocean to observe them. Other (better) books on the topic are recommended.

This is not a satisfying book, and since this is a topic of great interest to children, it is a shame that such a poor job was done. The only redeeming qualities of the book are the gorgeous watercolor collages by Robin Bricklaw. The muted wash backgrounds make the animals stand out in color and depth.
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" A short and colorful book all about starfish. Very informative without being too long. Our girls enjoyed this book. " said.

" For very early readers, this meditation on starfish would serve as a good supplement to a lesson on starfish but on it's own might leave students wanting more. Paper collage illustrations are at times beautiful but do not always succeed in supporting the text. " said.

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