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.
Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children s books. "Otters Under Water" was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." "Every Autumn Comes the Bear" was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of "Rabbits & Raindrops," Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment. Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved."