World Without Fish

World Without Fish

By Mark Kurlansky; Frank Stockton (Illustrator)

Workman Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761156079, 183pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Description
Mark Kurlansky, beloved award-winning and bestselling author, offers a riveting, uniquely illustrated, narrative nonfiction account for kids about what's happening to fish, the oceans, and our environment, and what kids can do about it."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, and swordfish, could disappear within 50 years, and the domino effect it would have oceans teeming with jellyfish and turning pinkish orange from algal blooms; seabirds disappearing, then reptiles, then mammals. It describes the back-and-forth dynamic of fishermen and scientists. It covers the effects of industrialized fishing, and how bottom-dragging nets are turning the ocean floor into a desert. The answer? Support sustainable fishing. "World Without Fish" tells kids exactly what they can do: Find out where those fish sticks come from. Tell your parents what's good to buy, and what's not. Ask the waiter if the fish on the menu is line-caught And follow simple rules: Use less plastic, and never eat endangered fish like bluefin tuna. Interwoven with the book is a graphic novel. Each beautifully illustrated chapter opener links to form a larger fictional story that complements the text. Hand in hand, they create a "Silent Spring" for a new generation.


About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty-eight books and a former foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City.

Frank Stockton is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in "Esquire", "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", and "Rolling Stone". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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