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Project Seahorse (Scientists in the Field)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Seahorses, some of the ocean’s most charming fish, are in trouble. In the past twenty years their populations has declined. They are threatened by overfishing, pollution and climate change. In Handumon in the Philippines, villagers and conservationists have joined to protect the seahorse and the coral reefs where they live. Amanda Vincent and Heather Koldewey, founders of ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published July 12th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I love reading about underwater life, so I knew this book would be good. Most of the activity in the book occurs in the Philippines, and talks about the efforts of scientists to study and protect the seahorses while finding ways to educate the villagers and obtain their cooperation. I loved the photos of the different species of seahorses--some look really bizarre--and did not realize that pipefish were related. These creatures are particularly interesting because it's the father who carries the ...more
Emily Garrison
Oct 28, 2016 Emily Garrison rated it it was amazing
This book contains beautiful photography of the animals who dwell on reefs. It educates the reader about the habitat of sea horses and the coloring they possess to survive. The book educates the reader that male seahorses actually give birth to baby seahorses and his pregnancy can last from 9-45 days and produce 5-2000 babies depending on the type of seahorse. The book reveals that human efforts to protect seahorse habitats help both sea horses as well as all other reef dwellers. It also has ...more
Sandi Rossman
Nov 10, 2013 Sandi Rossman rated it it was ok
Shelves: libs-642
I reviewed this book for literature circle 5: Scientists in the Field selection (junior book project). The source was Dr. Kimmel.

This book not only informs readers about the interesting and unique world of seahorses, it also explains Project Seahorse in depth. Project Seahorse has dual roles: it works to protect seahorses (the number of seahorses has been declining over recent years) and it helps to sustain families whose livelihoods are dependent on fishing.

The design of the book is visually ap
Brittany Davis
Dec 01, 2013 Brittany Davis rated it liked it
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Junior Book Log
Title: Project Seahorse
Author: Pamela Turner
Category: Literature Circle #5
Source: Kimmel

My book was titled, Project Seahorse by Pamela S. Turner and I gravitated immediately towards the book, as I love the ocean, seahorses, and everything about this book. I also believed I would have some background knowledge as I have done some underwater research while scuba diving using transects and quadrants, which they refer to in the book. This book talks about Amanda Vincent and Heather Ko
Taylor Horvat
Personal Reaction: My first reaction to this book was that the photos on each page were incredible and really drew me in as a reader, and I think that students would feel the same way, making this an engaging book to read in the classroom. I liked this book because not only did it talk about the biology of the seahorse, but it also talked about the issue of bomb fishing and how this effects the seahorses. I think this is important for a science informational book because it does not only have ...more
Sue Edwards
Aug 30, 2016 Sue Edwards rated it really liked it
Digoy swims across the reef. He uses no scuba tank or snorkel. The only light comes from the kerosene lantern on his boat. He is looking for sea horses.

For years fisherman in the Philipines have searched out hard-to-find sea horses. While people don’t eat these curious animals, they want them for other reasons. Some people want to keep them in home aquariums, gathering round to gaze at the prehistoric looking animals. Others wear them in jewelry and display them in decorations. Still others grin
Katlyn Campbell
Nov 30, 2011 Katlyn Campbell rated it it was amazing
Genre: Informational
Summary: Project Seahorse is a great informational title for children hidden behind a fun facts and fascinating underwater pictures. It tells the story of two divers exploring a reef in the night. The book covers the adventure of the divers search for Tiger Seahorse as well as numerous facts about the hidden creatures, including their food choice, adaptive techniques, mates, and habitat. It also goes in to several other aspects of the ocean world such as coral reefs, other oc
Alex G
Jan 12, 2015 Alex G rated it it was amazing
The theme in the book Project Seahorse by Pamela S. Turner is to learn about different species and habitats of seahorses and also discourage bomb fishing and the over selling of seahorses especially the young ones. This book takes place in 2010 based out of the waters of the central Philippine Island of Danajon. This book is told partly by an all knowing narrator and partly by a Amanda who is a graduate school student inspired by her biology teacher. Recently there has been bomb fishing in the ...more
Stephanie Gamache
Apr 21, 2016 Stephanie Gamache rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec-545-class-5
Turner, P. S., & Tuason, S. (2010). Project seahorse. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin.
Target Audience: Grades 5 and up

Project Seahorse is an educational picture book about these wonderful little creatures called seahorses. By explaining the work of Amanda Vincent and Heather Koldewey, Pamela S. Turner has created a story that not only educates on the anatomy, and nature, of the seahorse but also explains the hardships this little fish is facing due to over fishing and human created damages to
Sharne' Cherry
1. Informational
2. Project Seahorse is about the work of two scientists in their attempt to explore the world of the tiger seahorse. Not only does this book give readers information on the life cycle of the seahorse but it also educates the reader on where one could find the species as well as how we can preserve these creatures. After reading through the book one could conclude that the species is steadily becoming endangered due to other marine predators as well as unsustainable practices resu
Science teachers will want to add this book describing Project Seahorse and the hard work of Amanda Vincent and Heather Koldeway, two scientists who have dedicated their lives to saving seahorses. The book focuses on the work they and their Filipino colleagues and local fishers have accomplished to protect the seahorses in Handumon, a small village in the Phillipines where blast-fishing has destroyed the habitat, including coral reefs, and the fish that live there. In addition to describing how ...more
Becky B
The seahorse population of the world seems to be on the decline. In this book, readers meet two scientists, Heather and Amanda, who are doing research in the Philippines to find out more about these creatures, and work with the local community to bring the seahorse population back up.

Once again, this is a great science resource in getting to know more about seahorses, coral reef life, and also best practices of how to work with a community to bring about positive change. The scientists realize t
Jessica Gilligan
Dec 30, 2014 Jessica Gilligan rated it it was amazing
This nonfiction focuses on sea life in the waters of the central Philippine Island of Danajon, in particular, the seahorse population of the Danjon coral reef and the ways we can protect their numbers from dwindling. But in learning about the biology of the seahorse and how to save them, we also learn about the people who fish them for their livelihood, the community of those who live by Danajon, and the effects of humans worldwide on the seahorse population and the coral reefs. As Pamela puts ...more
The Styling Librarian
Project Seahorse – Scientists in the Field by Pamela S. Turner, photographs by Scott Tuason – Non-Fiction, 3rd grade and up – Loved this book, eyes wide open turning pages… Gorgeous photographs pop off the pages, various background information about people’s lives, and information packed throughout the book. Loved how the conservation efforts in this book are specifically focused on getting local community members involved. Fantastic how the investment in creating different marine protected ...more
Oct 13, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it
Turner does a good job of explaining that, despite their unusual appearance, seahorses are fish. She does a really good job of explaining how male seahorses give birth and how this unusual reproductive strategy came to be. What she does a fantastic job of is explaining the integral role that seahorses play in life on earth, and why they are worth conserving.

She balances coverage of the seahorses and their underwater environment with the local people who feed their families and make a living thro
Abby Johnson
Jun 12, 2010 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
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With stunning, clean ocean photographs, this is a nice entry to the Scientists in the Field series, but it's not one of my favorites. Young marine biologists will snap it up, but I would have liked a bit more focus. The text meanders from seahorses to coral reefs to fishing practices and the photographs included meander along as well. Yes, all these things are connected, but maybe a subtitle or an introduction would have cleared up my expectations for the book. I just wanted more information and ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Mimi rated it really liked it
Pictures, lots of text, facts about seahorses. Some info about how humans and nature work together in conservation efforts. Not a narrative book; skips around a bit and lacks some focus. Chapter titles don't always coordinate with content. Some about importance of community support for conservation, not much about culture or challenges of Western science/local community relationships. Resources, index in back.
Britny Ohliger
Dec 04, 2013 Britny Ohliger rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
This Scientist in the Field story shows beautiful, detailed photographs to help in the telling of the scientists' work. The story intertwined the path of the scientists and lives of the native people to the island in the Philippines where they work and live off the land. Although the book lacks a concentration and provides excess details that are unneeded, the book shows us the use of community to help with conservation and the needs of the survival of the land.
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
This is part of a series called Scientists in the Field that portrays how scientists study various creatures. The one has stunning pictures of Seahorses and the particular they are studying in this case the Philippines.
Aug 25, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it
Another great entry in an award-winning series, Scientists in the Field, the vivid photos add to the story of the scientists' work and even the lives of the people of the island in the Philippines where their work is done. Gr. 4-8.
Angela Hutchinson
THis is an informational book about the life of seahorses.This book has realistic pictures of the ocean and the creatures of the deep.
Mar 26, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
The text was good, but I wish the book had been a bit longer. I wanted to know more about the seahorses. Still, it is very informational, and the photographs are gorgeous.
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I was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl "PAMELA." When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red light on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside--a rather ...more
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