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Hold On!

Saving the Spotted Handfish

Gina M. Newton Rachel Tribout



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CSIRO Publishing
01 October 2020
Have you ever seen a fish that could do a handstand?

This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two reasons: walking on its 'hands' (pectoral fins), and being one of the first marine fish in the world to be listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The Spotted Handfish has survived since the time of the dinosaurs - until now. Invasive seastars, pollution and climate change mean that this unique Australian is in serious trouble - hands up if you want to know more!

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6-10.

Shortlisted, The CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2021 Shortlisted, The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature 2021: Nonfiction
By:   Gina M. Newton, Rachel Tribout
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 285mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   425g
ISBN:   9781486311842
ISBN 10:   1486311849
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gina M. Newton is a science communicator and award-winning author. She received the Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award and a Whitley Certificate of Commendation for her book Amazing Animals of Australian National Parks, and is a Past National President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. Rachel Tribout is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Tasmania. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrations.

Reviews for Hold On!: Saving the Spotted Handfish

HoldOn!: Saving the Spotted Handfish is a Marine environment story, narratedby a handfish, and showcasing handfish biology and ecology, including toenvironmental threats and their conservation plight, as well as how science isstepping in to save the day. Of special note is the inclusion of a Fact Filesection and a Glossary, making Hold On!: Saving the SpottedHandfish especially recommended for elementary school and communitylibrary collections for children ages 8-12. --Bookwatch

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