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Sea Soup: Zooplankton

Sea Soup: Zooplankton

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In SEA SOUP: ZOOPLANKTON, by Mary M. Cerullo, we learn that a teaspoon of sea water can hold a soupy serving of a million zooplankton! These tiny animals often look like weird life forms from outer space or larger animals such as jellyfish. In this newest volume, Mary Cerullos text answers intriguing questions about these tiny animals that have shaped our world, while Bill Curtsingers extraordinary photomicroscopy serves up tantalizing images of this sea soup. Many of the photos for these books were taken at Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science and the Darling Marine Center.

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In SEA SOUP: ZOOPLANKTON, by Mary M. Cerullo, we learn that a teaspoon of sea water can hold a soupy serving of a million zooplankton! These tiny animals often look like weird life forms from outer space or larger animals such as jellyfish. In this newest volume (another volume: Sea Soup: Phytoplankton was published in December 1999), Mary Cerullos text answers intriguing questions about these tiny animals that have shaped our world, while Bill Curtsingers extraordinary photomicroscopy serves up tantalizing images of this sea soup. Many of the photos for these books were taken at Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science and the Darling Marine Center, using an Axiophot 2 research microscope donated by Carl Zeiss, Inc. This book has an accompanying teacher’s guide: Sea Soup Teachers Guide: Discovering the Watery World of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton.

Reviews:

“A companion to this team’s Sea Soup: Phytoplankton (Tilbury House, 1999), Zooplankton opens a pellucid window into the drifting world of mostly minute animals that, along with phytoplankton, form an aqueous “soup” that nourishes a wide variety of sea creatures from the tiniest copepods to gigantic blue whales. Curtsinger’s often extraordinary color photos allow readers to envision the often microscopically small creatures delineated in the text, while Cerullo invites them to meet the fastest animal in the world and to discover how zooplankton can turn a submarine “invisible.” This is a fascinating look at a watery zoo of creatures whose ecological importance is far beyond the measure of their size.” -Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, School Library Journal: Gr. 5-8

“Cerullo and Curtsinger, whose Sea Soup: Phytoplankton (1999) presented the tiny plants that drift in the oceans, now explore drifting animals such as krill, jellyfish, and the larval stages of many fish and crustaceans. On each double-page spread there is a single question–“What is the fastest animal in the world?”–accompanied by a greatly magnified photo and the answer–“Shaped like a bullet with antennae, the copepod, a tiny cousin of lobsters and crabs, is for its size the fastest animal of earth.” The spread that follows offers several colorful clear photographs as well as a few paragraphs of information about copepods and how they compare with cheetahs (the fastest land animal). Other topics discussed within this question-and-answer format include zooplankton as food, zooplankton migration, and dangerous zooplankton. Intriguing.” -Carolyn Phelan, Booklist Gr. 4-7

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children

CBC / NSTA Notable Books for Children

Smithsonian Magazine Honor Book

Society of School Librarians International (SSLI)

About the Author/Photographer:

Mary Cerullo is a children’s science writer and the author of Dolphins: What They Can Teach Us, The Octopus: Phantom of the Sea, Reading the Environment: Children’s Literature in the Science Classroom, Coral Reef: A City That Never Sleeps, Lobsters: Gangsters of the Sea, Sharks: Challengers of the Deep, and The Ocean Detectives. She lives in South Portland, Maine.

Bill Curtsingers photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Wake of the Whale, The Pine Barrens, Monk Seal Hideaway. National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Outside, Natural History, and Smithsonian. Bill lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 1.27 in
Author

Mary M. Cerullo

Format

Hardcover

ISBN

978-0-88448-219-2

Pages

40

Photographer

Bill Curtsinger

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