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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill


Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill
by Matt Lilley
illustrated by Dan Tavis
Tilbury House Publishers, 2022
Grades K-5

Good Eating introduces kids to a critical species in the ocean food chain: krill. Writing from the 2nd person point of view, Lilley uses an engaging, conversation style to describe the life cycle of krill. 

"You eat all the smallest things. You eat, eat, eat and swim, swim, swim and grow. You grow another shell. The you eat-grow-swim and swim-grow-eat."

Children will enjoy the cartoon-like illustrations depicting krill with exaggerated eyes and comical expressions. Bold neon blue and green krill are depicted on a black background to illustrate their bioluminescence. When a blue whale enters the story in a dramatic fashion, readers will get a sense of where krill fit into the food chain. 

"A million of you might make a meal for one hungry WHALE!"

This scientific picture book will teach young readers about the importance of krill and why they are considered a "keystone species" in the ocean. Give this book to children who enjoy reading about animals, nature and science. They will want to read it again and again!

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