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by Jim Arnosky & illustrated by Jim Arnosky

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-439-90361-5
Publisher: Scholastic

Part of the launch of Scholastic’s republishing of Arnosky’s All About...books in paperback, this displays all the trademark characteristics that have made the author such a staple in the nature and animal sections of libraries. The title of both book and series is entirely appropriate, as readers will, in fact, learn all about manatees. From their dimensions and habitat range, to their distant relations and eating habits, this has it all. For instance, a manatee’s limbs are more like arms than flippers, and they do not actually sleep. They communicate with high-pitched squeaks and give birth only every two to five years. While they are larger than many aquatic predators, they are not a threat to either humans or other wildlife—but humans, and especially their boat propellers, do threaten the manatees. Wonderfully detailed illustrations include diagrams and comparisons in introducing readers to this gentle giant. A well-researched addition to both libraries and junior naturalists’ shelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)