World Without Fish

World Without Fish

How Could We Let This Happen?

Book - 2011
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"Can you imagine a world without fish? It's not as crazy as it sounds. But if we keep doing things the way we've been doing things, fish could become extinct within fifty years. So let's change the way we do things!"

World Without Fish is the uniquely illustrated narrative nonfiction account--for kids--of what is happening to the world's oceans and what they can do about it. Written by Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster , and many other books, World Without Fish has been praised as "urgent" ( Publishers Weekly ) and "a wonderfully fast-paced and engaging primer on the key questions surrounding fish and the sea" (Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish ). It has also been included in the New York State Expeditionary Learning English Language Arts Curriculum.

Written by a master storyteller, World Without Fish connects all the dots--biology, economics, evolution, politics, climate, history, culture, food, and nutrition--in a way that kids can really understand. It describes how the fish we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, cod, swordfish--even anchovies-- could disappear within fifty years, and the domino effect it would have: the oceans teeming with jellyfish and turning pinkish orange from algal blooms, the seabirds disappearing, then reptiles, then mammals. It describes the back-and-forth dynamic of fishermen, who are the original environmentalists, and scientists, who not that long ago considered fish an endless resource. It explains why fish farming is not the answer--and why sustainable fishing is, and how to help return the oceans to their natural ecological balance.

Interwoven with the book is a twelve-page graphic novel. Each beautifully illustrated chapter opener links to the next to form a larger fictional story that perfectly complements the text.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9780761156079
Characteristics: xxiii, 183 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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May 15, 2018

quite intresting

forbesrachel Jun 21, 2017

Informative, easy-to-read, and just a great book for tweens. World Without Fish looks at the history, the present, and the future reality of our waters and the creatures that live within them. It explores the various reasons they are in their present dilemma, and what it would mean if they were to be depleted further. The author uses a conversational style to make the book accessible, and different fonts, colours, and sizes within the text to give it a voice, and impart the urgent nature of this predicament. Art, short comic strips, and photos are displayed on many of the pages. These enhance our understanding, and ability to relate to the denizens of the deep. The health of our oceans has a direct impact on our own well-being, so this is a good one to share.

Jan 05, 2015

Easily read, but perhaps not so easily stomached. It carefully explains how we've botched our approach to the oceans so far, and how terrible it will be for all of us if we don't learn to get it right. My opinion? Let's stop fishing, and allow the ecosystem to right itself. The author's opinion differs...


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Oct 12, 2015

MandyD1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18


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