Blog Tour: A Place for Fish

Today's post is part of the "Fins, Wings, and Other Things" blog tour that Peachtree Publishers is sponsoring in honor of Earth Day. Every day between April 11th and Earth Day (April 22nd - Today!), there will be special blog tour posts around the blogsophere. For a collective listing, check out the Peachtree Pub blog!

A Place for Fish
Melissa Stewart & Higgins Bond (illustrator)
Peachtree Publishers, 2011

I'm beginning to think that Peachtree Publishers specializes in beautiful books. Which isn't a bad thing, by any means, but I feel like I'm saying the same thing about them all, and I don't want anyone to think I'm just fan-girling it. These books really are beautiful. And informative, without seeming overly teachy or preachy. As with the other books featured during this blog tour, A Place for Fish is a great teaching tool that doesn't feel too educational. It's enjoyable. And did I mention beautiful? Oh, I did, didn't I. Forgive me, but sometimes truth bears repeating.

A Place for Fish is basically an introduction to fish habitats and the impact people have on them. The text on each page is a simple explanation of "this is what is done and this is what happens" - with very beautiful illustrations to accompany. In addition, on one side or the other, is a 'sidebar' of information about the specific fish and/or environment depicted in the illustration. It's nice, because you can either go through reading just the "story" or you can stop and read the additional information - it's not cluttery or confusing, very reader friendly. One thing I also really loved were the end papers: they're done up with maps showing the range(s) of the fish featured in the book! (I have a bit of a soft spot for maps). Basically, this is another informative, enjoyable, beautiful offering from Peachtree - and I highly recommend it!

Giveaway Alert:
Thanks to the generosity of the great folks at Peachtree Publishers, I am delighted to announce that I am going to be giving you the chance to win a copy not only of this book, but of the other three titles I'm reviewing as part of the blog tour also! That's four wonderful new books you could win! Entering is simple: Check back here, and leave a comment on one of the "Fins, Wings, and Other Things" posts - only comments on blog tour posts count, but you can comment on every one (that means you could get 5 entries total!). On April 30th, I will randomly select a winner, and contact you. So please, leave me an email or some way to get in touch with you! Contest only open to the US. Good luck!

For more blog tour fun, be sure to check out: Abby the Librarian!

Book provided by publisher for review.

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