Monday, March 19, 2018

All Fish Faces: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish - Tam Warner Minton

Summary: Photography and Fun Facts about tropical reef fish, ALL FISH FACES will entertain people of all ages! Getting to know our underwater world is a fascinating journey into the unknown! It is so important to introduce children, kids, and adults to our ocean and its animals so we can protect it for future generations. 10% of profits will go to the Marine Megafauna Foundation so they can continue their scientific research to protect our oceans and ocean giants. (Summary and image from goodreads.com.  I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.)

Review: I read a book!! I read a book!! Guys, since starting this new assignment (teaching AP Government and AP Economics at our local high school), I haven't read anything except for text books and essays that need to be graded! It's been really difficult, and I apologize to the amazingly talented (and patient) Tam Minton for being so understanding.

I'm the parent to three budding scientists, and one of those has decided that marine biology is her calling in life. Never mind the fact that the one time we took her to the ocean, she wouldn't get within 20 feet of the water, that's what she wants to do. And I'm sure there are ways to overcome that. It's not like she's leaving for grad school tomorrow! However, this aspiring marine biologist of mine has a deep love for conservation and preservation of our Earth, and is absolutely fascinated with the beauty (bizarre and conventional) that our oceans hold. 

So, what does this say about this book? Well ... part of the reason (aside from balancing teaching and parenting) that this book review took as long as it did was because my little girl absconded with the book within seconds of its arrival and refused to give it back.  The photos that Minton has captured and shared seem to jump off the pages. Their vibrant colors and the unique expressions of each fish are so incredible, I can understand why my daughter wasn't quite ready to share. But the photos are really only part of this book's charm. Tidbits about the species of fish highlighted, conservation efforts anyone (even those of us not lucky enough to live near the ocean) can take, and information regarding sustainable fishing are all shared appropriately for the age intended. It doesn't come across as preachy, or as condescending, rather as useful and necessary information anyone should be armed with. BUT. What good is it to hear from me? Let's hear from the marine biologist to be:

Clara's Review: Honestly, I thought ALL FISH FACES would be worse than it actually was. It's really good, but that's probably because I LOVE marine biology right now. It has some tough words, but I think it would be okay for younger readers. Some people might like the Scorpion Fish section because to look at the pictures, you have to find the fish. It has good tips on how to save the ocean.

It has some amazing pictures, facts, captions, and more! Each fish even has its section.

Me again: I asked the girl why she thought the book would be worse, apparently, author bios aren't her thing yet!! Ha!

Rating: Five Stars

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