Slow Down for Manatees

By Arnosky, Jim

Publishers Summary:
Manatees are the gentle giants of southeastern coastal waterways. An endangered species, their biggest threat is humans, who unwittingly hit them with their boats in shallow waters. Jim Arnosky’s conversational narrative tells the story of one such accident, which leads the manatee to be taken to a rescue and rehabilitation facility. There they discover that the manatee is pregnant. And while she recovers and gives birth to a healthy baby, she longs to be free. Ultimately, both manatees are released into the wild—a huge success for the people who intervened in saving the animal. Arnosky’s intimate storytelling and brilliant art will draw children right into the subject, and makes for an important addition to conservation units.

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ISBN
978-0-39924-170-3
Publisher
Putnam


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2010

Gr 1-3 A pregnant manatee swimming in the shallow waters of a Florida canal is injured when a fast-moving motorboat hits her, cutting her back and tail with its propellers and crushing her ribs against the canal bottom as it passes over her. Luckily, the accident is observed by some fishermen who alert a rescue group that has the equipment to remove her from the canal to a seaside aquarium tank where she can be observed and heal. She so...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2010

In this fictional story inspired by a real incident, a pregnant manatee in the tropical waters of Florida encounters the main threat to her survival: a boat propeller's blades. Badly hurt, she is rescued and transferred to an aquarium, where she receives excellent care and affection from visitors and staff. She stays i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

A pregnant manatee hurt by a boat propeller's blades is rescued and transferred to an aquarium. She gives birth, then mother...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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