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|Author/Illustrator: Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95
Here is another model nature journal from a naturalist who has been journaling habitats since she was a youngster. In the desert she sees Gila monsters, watches scorpions with a black light and harvests saguaro flowers with a Native American family that helps her see this unique, arid environment with appreciative eyes. The “collage-style” journal features clippings of articles about animals and plants, stories of the Tonoho O’odham, Q&As, her own youthful journal entries, and even her own desert poetry. Saguaro Moon is a wonderful way to learn about the desert and also be inspired to keep a nature journal.
- 2011 & 2012 Arizona State ONEBOOKAZ Book Award (finalist)
- 2003 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award (finalist)
- 2003 Penn. State Library Assn. Top 40 List for Non-fiction Selection
From a publisher “dedicated to inspiring in children a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on Earth,” this is an excellent and engaging book for readers 6 and older. The cumulative verse tale about ocean-migrating salmon is well-suited to a fish with so dramatic a life cycle. From “This is the tiny fish that hatched (and has its dinner still attached,” we travel through danger and growth until, leaping 10-foote falls, the salmon return to spawning grounds and the mythical story begins again. Maydak’s gripping paintings are realistic but add color, compression and activity to match the fast-moving story. An appendix includes information about the salmon cycle and good salmon streams, as well as a column on how kids can help, and North American conservation groups.
— The Tampa Tribune – Julie Empric (April 13, 2003)
Rich in imagery and lively in verse, this book inspires wonder and appreciation for these amazing fish, a species born in mountain streams, living in the ocean, and migrating back to their place of birth to breed and expire. Filled with resources for learning more about salmon, this book teaches children that all life is important, and when we loose a piece of life’s tapestry, all life, including human, is diminished.
— Acorn & Oaks (Acorn Naturalists Newsletter)(Summer 2002)
Our family has had the pleasure of watching salmon in the fall in a river near our home. Watching them return to where they were born is exciting and fascinating. In her book Salmon Stream, Carol Reed-Jones captures the incredible journeys these fish make after they are born, grow into adult salmon and eventually return home to contribute to the life cycle of salmon.
Michael S. Maydak’s illustrations help show children some of the obstacles and dangers salmon face during their lives. Sections on “The Salmon Cycle” and “What Makes a Good Salmon Stream?” provide parents with additional information that can be explained to children. “How You Can Help” offer suggestions about little things that can be done to help salmon.
Salmon Stream won’t make our fish-watching excursions any more fun, but it will provide us with knowledge about these remarkable fish and their changing lives.
— The Explorer – N. Glenn Perrett (May 2003)