Bubbles are soft and squishy and full of air. They shimmer. They float. And they are very handy. Animals make bubbles, ride bubbles, breathe bubbles, and even live in bubbles. Animals use bubbles in amazing ways.Accompanied by a soft palette of gorgeous watercolor illustrations, Bayrock takes readers on a journey into worlds not often explored. Each double-page spread begins with a short sentence that describes the way in which bubbles are used. Beneath that are the common and scientific names for an animal, followed by a paragraph that describes how that particular creature uses bubbles in its daily life. The illustrations are whimsical, with each animal spouting its thoughts in, you guessed it, a bubble.
Readers will find animals that sail through the water, run on its surface, and even taste disgusting, all thanks to bubbles. Here is an excerpt from one of my son's favorite pages.
Bubbles are for
Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatusYoung dolphins play with bubbles. They push bubbles around and chase them. It's a game to try and bit the bubbles before they burst at the surface. Some dolphins also make bubble rings. A quick flick of the head starts a small underwater whirlpool. Bubbles enter the whirlpool from the dolphin's blowhole and form a ring about as thick as pencil and up to two feet wide.
The back matter in the book contains end notes about each animal, including its habitat, where in the world it lives, and even more amazing facts. There is also a glossary of terms and an index, as well as a lengthy list of acknowledgments, a huge number of them scientists and scholars who aided the author in her research.
This is a well-researched, thoroughly engaging book for studying animals and the way they adapt to their environment. I highly recommend it.
Book: Bubble Homes and Fish Farts
Author: Fiona Bayrock
Illustrator: Carolyn Conahan
Date Published: 2009
Pages: 48 pages
Source of Book: Personal copy purchased at Amazon.