Monday, June 3, 2013

Shimmer and Splash: The Sparking World of Sea Life Book Review

Busy Michigan moms,  are you looking for fun yet educational reading material for your kids this summer?  I have an awesome resource that you may be interested in learning about.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for this book promotion/review. Any opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Shimmer & Splash: The Sparking World of Sea Life is authored by Jim Arnosky.  "Arnosky brings the fascinating realm of sea creatures to life in this awesome children's book.  It was released this past April.  Over 200 marine species are beautifully illustrated and accompanied by fascinating descriptions and facts such as size, weight, length, and where you can find these sea-dwellers."

"Arnosky's award-winning nature books delight children, parents, and teachers alike-and Shimmer & Splash captures the endless variety of spectacular aquatic creates, which include stingrays, dolphins, blue marlins, man-o-war, swordfish, a green moray eel, manatee, and a great white shark, along with many true-to-life size illustrations of fish and the teeth of a variety of sharks."

Interesting Facts
  • Puffer swells up like a balloon
  • Sharks locate prey in the darkness
  • Some fish like to swim in the shadow of a manatee.
These facts are all explained in detail.  The great thing about this book as that author Jim Arnosky weaves in his personal sea stories, sharing how he watched a shark reeled in one spooky morning and how he and his wife watched two fiddler crabs fighting on a mound of sand at the beach.  This book is perfect for the marine-biologist-in-training or anyone who is fascinated by all creatures of the sea.  The book is complete with seven fantastic gatefolds.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Inshore Hunters: Fold Out!
  • Stingrays
  • Dolphins
  • Jellyfish
  • Deep-Sea Hunters: Fold Out!
  • Sailfish
  • Coral Reef: Fold Out!
  • A Good Place to Be
  • Sharks: Fold Out!
  • Fighting Fiddlers
  • Waters of Wonder
  • Author's Note
  • More About Sea Life
 The illustrations in Shimmer & Splash are awesome!  The fold-outs will definitely attract a child's eye. My girls love this book.  It's such a great educational tool.  So much fun!

To view the foldouts of Shimmer & Splash visit: Google Images

This hardcover book costs $14.95. It can currently be purchased on Amazon for $10.76.


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