Academic journal article Language Arts

Sea Bones

Academic journal article Language Arts

Sea Bones

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Sea Bones Written and illustrated by Bob Barner Chronicle, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 4521- 2500- 8

"Wonderful creatures live in the sea. / And some have bones like you and me." And so begins this book about the bones of sea animals such as sharks, seals, and whales. The first page depicts a fish with the various parts of its skeleton (e.g., dorsal fin, caudal fin, vertebra, rib, etc.) labeled. An accompanying informational paragraph on each page elaborates on the rhymed text. For example, on the page that features the skeleton of the fish, the text reads, "Skeletons support the organs and muscles of many creatures in the sea. Most fish have a skeleton made of bone. Because it is inside their body, it is called an endoskeleton. Some animals, like lobsters, have a hard shell on the outside of their body, called an exoskeleton. …

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