World Without Fish

  • Type: Books
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Age Category: Children
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Peg M.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780761156079
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What do you know about the fish sticks you’ve been eating?

If you thought that your fish sticks were made of Cod, you would be wrong. Cod is now too rare to be wasted on fish sticks. The big fish stick companies today us Pacific Pollack. Kurlansky’s latest book for kids is all about what is happening to fish, the oceans, and the environment. I learned an amazing amount about fish, the history of the fishing industry, and more by reading it. The book interweaves the history of commercial fishing, biology, economics, climate, culture and much more into a book that is very understandable for upper elementary students. The debate of fishermen and scientists has been going on much longer than you might imagine. Surprisingly, the two often agree with each other. The fish that we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, and cod, could disappear within fifty years and the author discusses the effect that would have on the environment. There is also a color graphic novel, chronicling the adventures of a marine biologist and his daughter over a period of years, interspersed throughout the main story. This is a very informative and interesting book. The beautiful illustrations and unique lay out will make World Without Fishappealing to children and adults of all ages.