40 pages, 52 colour photos
This unique book introduces children to the beautiful and often unexpected undersea world around British coasts. Far too many people regard our seas as "grey and uninteresting" but, using a wonderful blend of entertainment and education, Benny the tompot blenny puts them right. If you thought a fish couldn't be charismatic, think again! Along with stunning photography by Paul Naylor (author of Great British Marine Animals), Benny tells you all about his life in the sea just beyond our beaches. He introduces you to his neighbours: crabs, starfish, sea snails, barnacles, sea anemones, squat lobsters, seals, cuttlefish, gobies and many other fish. Fact boxes reveal how Benny and his neighbours are adapted to their habitat, how they find food and avoid being food for someone else. Biodiversity, adaptation, variation, reproduction, food chains and food webs are included to support science at KS2 level. There are even intriguing examples of symbiotic relationships, camouflage and photosynthesis. Benny also tells you something about the SCUBA divers who come to visit him. The photographs in Benny the Blenny's Shallow Sea Adventure appeal to all ages while the text is written for 7-11 year olds.
"A fantastic book to interest and involve children in marine life. Fascinating wow! facts on most pages and will definitely be a Wow! with children! Join 'Benny the blenny' on a virtual dive into Britain's shallow seas. Fantastic underwater photographs show his habitat and how he is adapted to live there. Children will engage with Benny's commentary and, through special zoom-in boxes, delve into fascinating information on other fish, divers, seals, crabs, starfish and sea anemones. There are wonderful examples of biodiversity, adaptation, defence and predator-prey facts which can be used to build a food web. A great book for junior school libraries and KS2 science."
- Janey Hulme, The Teacher
"A great book for children of any age range. The world of life in British seas is beautifully opened up to stimulate young minds."
- Richard Harrington, Marine Conservation Society
"Benny's Shallow Sea Adventure shows how special UK shores are. Interesting and informative, this book allows children to immerse themselves in fascinating facts and inspirational imagery. We hope it encourages many to enjoy their own marine adventures in the future!"
- Joan Edwards, The Wildlife Trusts
"Meet Benny" 4
"My underwater world" 6
"The rock where I live" 8
"My home" 10
"The underwater photographer" 12
"Divers come to visit" 14
"That's close enough!" 16
"All about me" 18
"Who else lives on my rock?" 20
"My closest neighbours" 22
"Other animals living nearby" 24
"The slow edible crab" 26
"The view from my rock" 28
"What I like to eat" 30
"A large dangerous visitor" 32
"What eats me!" 34
"Thank you" 36
Find out more 41
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