Moonlight Crab Count (Arbordale Collection) Hardcover – February 10, 2017
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About the Author
Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. In addition to Moonlight Crab Count, After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl's Rescue, Kali's Story (Children's Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale, some of Jennifer's other recent titles include Seahorses, Osprey Adventure and Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets.
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My Experience: I started reading Moonlight Crab Count on 3/9/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. We read it again on 3/21/17. This book is great! I love it when kids take part in volunteering to protect nature. This exposure gives kids the opportunity to have an early hands on experience and to explore their minds to other living things. I love that in this book, Leena knows the proper vocabulary and the proper steps of handling the crab count. She helps her mom so often, she knows what to do.
In this book, readers will follow Leena, her dog Bobie, and her mom out on a boat adventure one night. They went to the beach near their home to look for horseshoe crabs and record down how many there were. The reason for this count is because the author informed us that experts worry that horseshoe crabs are disappearing. Medical companies rely on horseshoe crabs for its blood to test medicines and a particular shorebird, red knot, rely on horseshoe crabs’ eggs for survival. Without the eggs, red knot would become extinct. I like that Leena is very hands-on in helping her mom with the tasks. She makes sure they have all the gears before the trip and measures the water temperature using a thermometer and records the data down.
It’s our first time to learn about horseshoe crab. I’m glad the author explain what a horseshoe crab looks like and whether the tail is dangerous or just a tool for it to use to flip itself back up if it ever got knocked over. My son and I were also amazed to learn that horseshoe crab is as old as dinosaurs. It’s definitely a shocker for us to know that its blood is blue instead of red like us and the eggs are green! We love the facts at the end of the book too, especially how many eggs a female horseshoe crab can lay! It’s super cool to learn about what Ecologist do!
Pro: marine life, nature, animals, science, technology, kids involve in volunteering, the importance of horseshoe crabs
I rate it 5 stars!
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Arbordale Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.
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The illustrations are beautiful- full-paged and really realistic looking. The font is large, made for easy reading to a class, and I think this book would be a great addition to an elementary class. The pictures are great in terms of detail and interest and the font makes it easy to read- with the extra information at the end, it would be easy to make this into a classroom lesson. This is high quality educational picture book!
Please note that I received a copy through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.