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Pond Life (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press) Paperback – April 14, 2001
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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is likely not intended to be read from cover to cover, as it is a field guide. Field guides are really meant to be brought along in a pocket for easy reference when making field identifications. In this respect, I am a big fan of other field guides in the series.
This volume and its companions should be readily available at nature centers, but the price is low enough for people to purchase it for their own libraries. What it lacks in detail it makes up for in compactness and readability.
Taking on an entire ecosystem, Reid has given himself plenty of space to talk about the various types of pond habitats, the nature of water and how that fits into the picture, and the different seasons as they affect pond life. I found all of these sections to be highly informative, with the Golden Guide trademark of sophisticated knowledge being passed on in manageable chunks.
Reid doesn't talk down to the reader in the slightest; any young reader will sense that this guidebook is appropriate for amateur scientists of all ages.
Even the identification section is more word-laden than other Golden Guides, and much emphasis is put upon identifying different families and classes of organisms, rather than being limited to species identification alone.
No family that lives within striking distance of a pond should be without this handy little book. At the very least, it can provide a couple of magical afternoons exploring this amazing habitat together.
NOT AT ALL!
I'm learning things I had no idea about. Did you know there are FRESHWATER JELLYFISH! I didn't!
Do you get energized learning about things in the natural environment? If so, you might really want to give this book a try. The book does not go into tremendous detail about each critter or topic covered, but does so enough to grasp the subject matter, and further research if you're interested. As I did with freshwater jellyfish - for which I now have bookmarked videos of them.
Another thing I liked, my attention span is not all that good. In my day, you got a smack on the back of the head, now they call it adhd....I found the book easy to read and follow. It's not like the longwinded boring educational type of book. You can flip through, find pictures of stuff you want to learn about and read - you don't have to read in a cover to cover manner.
Very cool book, very nice suprises reading it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice, compact reference packed with information and small enough to take along on your pond hikes, concisely written, with color pictures.Published 11 days ago by kirkenstein 5
Once Upon a Time when I was young I remember when school ended looking forward to three months of summer vacation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brunswick Geek
Golden Guides are great little books. I buy them for my Grandkids' birthdays, Christmas, and other gifting occasions.Published 18 months ago by Tom M.
Very good, older book, about ponds and such...what is there not to like for a 6-10yo boy.Published 23 months ago by Thad J. Kacsandy