Reviews for City Fish, Country Fish


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
This well-organized picture book explores the diversity of the world s oceans by concentrating on the busy, crowded tropical zones ("the city") and the temperate zones that have a slower rhythm of life ("the country"). Topics covered include "Living Space," "Working Together," and "Secrets of Survival." Close-up underwater photographs of fish and sea creatures are both delightful and haunting. Reading list. Glos.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 May #2
The familiar contrast between city and country is used to compare the teeming, colorful and diverse world of tropical fishes with the more uniformly colored, less varied and less crowded cold-water world. Cerullo, who used the city metaphor in her earlier Coral Reef (1995), organizes support for this extension in double-page spreads, contrasting the fish of warmer and cooler bioregions in various ways. She goes beyond number and density to consider such factors as size and shape, coloration, cooperation and specializations. Her interesting text sometimes sits on and sometimes adjoins Rotman's striking underwater photographs. Species are identified. The perspective often reflects the viewpoint of the photographer-diver--noting, for example, the different colors of the water. A section entitled "How Humans Can Become Fish" describes scuba diving and includes an image of the photographer's wetsuit-clad son with a giant lobster. A final section connects this underwater world to our own. Words in italics are defined in a glossary, which includes important concepts (ecosystems, symbiosis, food web, tropical vs. temperate) and more specialized vocabulary (lateral line, barbel, phytoplankton, chromatophore). The short list of suggested further reading includes more of the author's writings and not much else, a disappointment in an otherwise informative title. This attractive new look at underwater life may inspire diving dreams for both city and country readers. (Nonfiction. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 July

Gr 3-6--Cerullo contrasts the lives of fish in tropical waters with those of their relatives in colder ocean regions. She explores differences in coloration, feeding habits, body shape, and survival techniques between the "city fish" that inhabit coral reefs and "swim in water as warm as a swimming pool" and the "country fish" that swim through large underwater territories and cool waters. She also explains characteristics that all fish share and discusses how humans study the ocean. A final spread details the need to protect this important resource. Rotman's outstanding photos illuminate the underwater world with close-up views of tiny reef dwellers and unusual cold-water inhabitants such as the goosefish. Wider shots reveal the colorful bustle of reef life and schools of cold-water fish, including bluefin tuna. Design and layout reinforce the contrasts Cerullo identifies, making this a first-rate choice for browsers as well as students interested in ocean life.--Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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