________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 20 . . . . June 6, 2002

cover Salmon. (Kids Can Press Wildlife Series).

Deborah Hodge. Illustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55074-963-3 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55074-961-7 (cl.).

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Salmon-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 5 / Ages 5-10.

Review by Linda Ludke.

*** /4

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Salmon are born in freshwater streams. When they are old enough, they swim to the salty ocean. Here they grow into adults. When salmon are ready to spawn, they swim back to the streams where they hatched- their home streams.

Wherever they live, salmon need clean, cool water. Cool water carries the oxygen that salmon breathe. Cool water also helps salmon eggs hatch at the right time. If the water is too warm, the eggs hatch early - before there is food in the stream for the baby salmon

Salmon, the latest title in the "Kids Can Press Wildlife Series," provides young researchers with clear, easy-to-read information. Topics include habitat, anatomy, life cycle, migration and spawning. The well-written text makes use of comparisons that young children can picture in their minds: "a baby salmon, or alevin, is about as long as a pin." New terms are explained as they are introduced and are expanded upon in later chapters: "Salmon leave the ocean when they are ready to spawn- produce eggs." Salmon Fact Boxes are scattered throughout the double-page chapters and contain interesting trivia such as "Some salmon can leap up to 3m (10 feet). This is higher than a soccer goalpost."

     Nancy Gray Ogle's color illustrations include maps, diagrams and magnified close-ups. The pictures also succeed in capturing the many dangers to the salmon's survival. Raccoons, grizzly bears and other animals in the food chain are depicted in the backgrounds. The text also briefly alludes to the problems of pollution and overfishing.

     Concluding chapters include "More Salmon Facts" and a simple glossary called "Words to Know." An index is also included. School and public libraries will find this book useful in meeting the research needs of elementary school students.

Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

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