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Gr 4-8–Project Seahorse follows the work of two dedicated scientists as they explore the life cycle of the tiger tail seahorse and forge partnerships with the people of Handumon in the Philippines to save its habitat. A full-page color map places the islands in their global context and shows the range of seahorses, animals that scientists know little about. The stunning full-color photographs amplify the descriptions of the creatures' life cycle as the male receives the eggs from the female and nurtures them to maturity in his brood pouch. Dangers to their survival appear not only from marine predators but also from unsustainable practices such as blast-fishing and bottom trawling, two techniques that damage and destroy coral reefs. By showing the scientists at work with local villagers and leaders as well as regional and national government representatives, the author stresses the importance of community-based conservation. The photographs of village children replanting mangrove trees and posing on the Project Seahorse boat reveal how involved the local people became. This book is a great addition to any collection and perfect for seahorse, coral reef, or marine-conservation assignments.Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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The latest Scientists in the Field entry continues the series’ consistently successful approach to giving young enquirers a close look at the natural world and those who study it. Noting that the more than 40 species of sea horse worldwide are all threatened by overfishing and other factors, Turner balances her observations of two biologists who have been instrumental in setting up a Marine Protected Area (MPA) along part of a reef in the Philippines with a profile of one local fisherman and his family who are dependent on the reef’s wildlife for their livelihood. Thanks to the fluent, information-rich narrative and to Tuason’s engagingly up-close color photos of both human divers and of sea horses and other reef denizens, readers will come away with a much clearer understanding of the sea horse’s distinctively “oddball biology” and also of how one conservation success story hinged on cooperation between scientists and concerned local residents. A perfunctory resource list is the only weakness here. Grades 5-8. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547207131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547207131
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Connie Goldsmith on August 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Project Seahorse," by Pamela S. Turner, photos by Scott Tuason. (Houghton Mifflin). This lovely book opens with scientists studying seahorses in a coral reef in the Philippines. Also on the reef is a man who once collected seahorses to help feed his family. The author explores with sensitivity the conflict between conservation of natural resources and the needs of burgeoning human populations. Two pioneering marine scientists work tirelessly with a Philippine group called Project Seahorse to help save the dwindling numbers of these most charming fishes. Surprisingly, these are the first scientists to study seahorses in the wild. The brilliant photos provide a "fish-eye" view of seahorses, fish, and reefs. An excellent collection of back material tells young readers what they can do to help save seahorses, and sends them to [...] for more info.

Connie Goldsmith, Children's Book Reviewer for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication.
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“Project Seahorse” by Pamela Turner, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Harcourt, Boston, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-547-20713-1. A 58 page HC book 11 ¼ x 9 ¼”. A nicely illustrated books with colorful photographs by Scott Tuason depicting undersea life both of Seahorses, coral reefs and related organisms.

The books describes the beauty of the ocean, reefs and sea creatures including the Seahorse in the Bohol region of the Philippines where ocean biologist Amanda Vincent & associate Heather Koldeway, another diving enthusiast, are dismayed at overfishing for food has led to serious decline in Seahorses and much coral destruction in Bohol, established in conjunction with the islanders a marine protected area “MPA” 10 years previously and follow-up has shown improvement in the sea life forms and the coral reefs.

There are few books on Seahorses (Hippocampus), a unique fish species that swims vertically and wherein the females transfer their eggs into an abdominal pouch of the male for fertilization and incubations and hatchings. They are reported to mate for life. Due to massive dredging for small fish and Seahorses for export to the Orient, Seahorses populations have dwindled and Project Seahorse may be their salvation. The pictures and textual material is excellent, makes for easy reading and helps fill a void in the paucity of written material on Hippocampus.
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These Scientists in the Field books always make me fervent for a kind of animal that I've always liked, but never had a possessing passion for. Last year it was the Snow Leopard, now it's the seahorse! And I just looked at the book listings for the series in this volume and have acquired two more...

This volume is a little lighter on the science, but still has some fascinating field study reported on, plus the usual social/cultural perspective and the remarkable photos: Scott Tuason's work is stand-out, even for this series, and it's supplemented by two amazing photos of baby White's seahorses by George Grall from National Geographic's image collection. We learn of a fisher in the Phillippines and MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) and what a "holdfast" is.

I've noticed in researching some of the seahorses mentioned in this book that many are data deficient when it comes to IUCN conservation status--let's hope this changes soon! Maybe a contribution to Project Seahorse will help...
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Pamela S. Turner's PROJECT SEAHORSE tells of the endangered seahorse whose populations have been declining over the past twenty years. This survey is more than a natural history of the seahorse: it explores how committed conservationists and community organizers have restored damaged seahorse habitats, and offers all ages a fine coverage of ecological restoration.
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Pamela S. Turner's _Project Seahorse_ (2010) is part of a series of books for young readers called Scientists in the Field. It is handsomely bound, with lovely photographs by Scott Tuason. But parents should be aware that the text is fairly advanced. I would say that it is geared for fourth graders and up, rather than for very young children.

There are five main chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are: "A Night on the Reef," "Mr. Mom," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," "At Home in Handumon," and "Good Seahorse Neighbors". Chapter one deals with an introduction to life forms on Handumon reef and their threats from homemade bombs. Chapter two deals with the egg-carrying male seahorse*. Chapter three is an elaboration on life in the coral reef, seahorse and otherwise. Chapters four and five are concerned with Project Seahorse, a seahorse rescue project based in the Phillipines using scientists, volunteers, teachers, and schoolchildren. The epilogue, "Onion World," is a collage of facts about seahorse conservation around the world.

There are three sidebar articles on interesting special topics: "How the Seahorse Got Its Pouch," "Fish Havens," and (my favorite) "Seahorses and Traditional Chinese Medicine". In addition, the book contains an excellent index and glossary, a good list of resources (books, videos, and internet sites), and a guide of how to help seahorses. The color photographs are spectacular-- the next best thing to watching these wonderful creatures in the wild. Highly recommended.

*For parents in the Chattanooga area who want to protect their children from hearing about this delicate information-- lotsa luck.
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