Reviews for Place for Fish

Booklist Reviews 2011 April #2
Following a similar format to Stewart's other A Place for . . . titles, which have focused on butterflies, birds, and frogs, this picture-book introduction to fish combines a bi-level text with beautiful acrylic paintings that showcase endangered wildlife in their natural watery habitats. In clear, brief, basic language, Stewart shows how human activity threatens fish and what we can do to allow them to "live and grow." Longer sidebars, written with more complex vocabulary than the main body of text, spotlight particular species. A spread of "Fascinating Fish Facts" closes this attractive, informative introduction to fish and their conservation. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Stewart's text advocates strongly for fish conservation. Each double-page spread features a particular species (e.g., northern pike), along with a threat to its environment (power plants), and a vague solution ("find other ways to make electricity"). Bond's clear, vivid acrylic illustrations contribute to a handsome presentation. "Fascinating Fish Facts"--"Most brands of lipstick contain ground-up fish scales"--are appended. Websites. Bib. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 March

K-Gr 3--Environmental threats facing fish in various habitats around the world are introduced in a picture-book, read-aloud format. Each two-page entry makes a general statement of a problem, e.g., "Some fish are so beautiful that people like to keep them as pets" and resolves it with a hopeful action statement, e.g., "When people stop catching these colorful creatures, fish can live and grow." Sidebars briefly describe a species affected by the threat and actions that can be taken to resolve it. Each entry repeats the same phrase, "fish can live and grow." The information is presented in a simple and idealistic way for young readers. The full-color illustrations on every page are very detailed, but some of the fish have humanlike eyes.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

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