The World’s Wildest Waters


Dd you know that the poison dart frog drops the ‘jellylike blobs‘ that ‘are actually her young‘ into ‘pools of rainwater- gathered between the leaves of bromeliad plants‘? This  gives them a good chance of growing into tadpoles. However, as we read about this creature, that introduces us to the Amazon Rainforest habitat, it seems we’ve more to explore. In fact, there’s a damselfly, diving beetle  and mosquito larvae to locate upon the double pages.

Thereafter, when we turn, the unique freshwater habitat within this area is explored further. We meet more frogs, including the transparent glass frog, and the jumping spider too. What’s more, the author describes the mini beasts we were asked to identify on the previous pages. Finally, we learn about the Sustainable Amazon Network that works to ‘reduce the impact of fires in the Amazon rainforests by creating firebreaks‘. Thereafter, we are offered a way of helping too. In this case, we’re asked to choose a ‘bright bromeliad‘ for our own gardens, that will appeal to frogs, birds and small insects.

Catherine Barr and Riley Samels present twenty unique habitats from around the world in The World’s Wildest Waters. We travel from kelp forests in Sussex, to beneath the shipwreck of the Endurance in the Weddell See. Thereafter, we go deep into the Yucatain jungles to explore caves that defy belief! Alongside a glossary and animal index, we’ve a map to identify every place.

Altogether, Bookwagon is awed and dazzled, informed and mesmerised by The World’s Wildest Waters. This is a superb title for readers to linger over, learn from and be inspired by. We recommend this book for home and school.

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The World’s Wildest Waters

Protecting life in seas, rivers, and lakes

Catherine Barr, Riley Samels


This Bookwagon reader recalls seeing a coconut crab some years ago. They’re one of the mesmerising creatures in the waters of The Cook Islands. This habitat is the first explored within The World’s Wildest Waters.
Catherine Barr‘s interest in and understanding of our natural world shimmers through every title. Just think of A Turtle’s View of the Ocean Blue, for example. Again, with this title, we are encouraged to look, learn, investigate and understand the rich variety of life within our seas, rivers and lakes. What’s more, by introducing us to such a range of habitats, we’re meeting a wide range of life. We’re also exploring corners of our planet about which we know little. What’s more, by being asked to find creatures within her exposition of each area, we’re motivated to look further. For example, when we visit Ascension Island, we meet a Sixgill shark, ‘one of the ocean’s largest predators‘, although ‘it is rarely seen‘. Then again, we’re asked to find a flying fish within this habitat. It seems that its ‘flying‘ is to escape predators. However, it makes it prey, in turn, to sea birds!
Furthermore, within each habitat to which we’re introduced, we meet committed helping communities. Therefore, within the Sea of Cortez, we meet those who petitioned the government to protect the area from overfishing and illegal fishing. Then again, we’re invited to take similar action about issues in our area.
Bookwagon loves this powerful, inspiring title. The World’s Wildest Waters is an engrossing read. What’s more, we suggest it would be a wonderful gift. We recommend this book highly for home and school.




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