Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review of 'How Oysters Saved the Bay' by Jeff Dombek


The Chesapeake Bay is a wondrous and exciting place to live. But oysters Chester and Meredith have a big problem: pollution in the waters of the Bay is making the underwater grasses sick. The grasses are home to so many young fish, crabs, and other creatures in the Bay; the disappearance of underwater grasses could lead to the sad loss of even more species. So much is at stake! How can Chester and Meredith possibly figure out a way to save the grasses and also the Bay? See how Chester and Meredith lead their underwater friends to clear up their messy and murky problem. Early Reader; Ages 5-8.

Jeff Dombek is an author/illustrator whose work includes Sam: The Tale of a Chesapeake Bay Rockfish. A Maryland public school art teacher since 1989, he loves the outdoors, especially fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking.

**My thoughts**

The book opens up with a brief introduction about oysters, before launching into the story. In the story, Chester and Meredith decide they are going to help the murky waters of the Chesapeake Bay by filtering the harmful particles in the water, which actually serve as food for the oysters. The last page of the book provides a more scientific look at what happened at the story.

The story is cute. I like how the scientific explanation is also provided for more information, to back up the story. Interested children can read that part, as well. Or, teachers and parents can refer to it for more information during a lesson.

I really like the illustrations in this book. They are reminiscent of Eric Carle in their design, which makes them appealing. I would use this in my classroom.

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Pre-order on Amazon (releases 3/29/13)

1 comment:

  1. This is probably a good book for initiating discussions about ecosystems and the health of our environment.