Moonlight Crab Count Review 

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing:

Even kids can get involved in science! Ecologist Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis collaborate to bring us the story of these adventurous citizen scientists. Leena and her mom volunteer each summer to count the horseshoe crabs that visit their beach. With their dog Bobie at their sides, the duo spends a night on the shore surveying horseshoe crabs who have come to mate and lay eggs. Readers will learn valuable facts about these ancient animals and how they can get involved in the effort to conserve horseshoe crabs.

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Moonlight Crab Count is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The enhanced ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

About: Moonlight Crab Count is a children’s fiction picture book written by Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis and illustrated by Veronica V. Jones. It was recently released for sale on 2/10/17 by Arbordale Publishing, 32 pages. This book is intended for kids ages 4-8, grades K to 3. Arbordale Publishing’s mission is to inspire the love of reading and improve young children’s science and math skills through picture books. These books will captivate your kids’ minds on your lap, at bedtime, or in the classroom. Please see below for more information about the authors.

My Experience: I started reading Moonlight Crab Count on 3/9/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. We read it again on 3/21/17. This book is great! I love it when kids take part in volunteering to protect nature. This exposure gives kids the opportunity to have an early hands on experience and to explore their minds to other living things. I love that in this book, Leena knows the proper vocabulary and the proper steps of handling the crab count. She helps her mom so often, she knows what to do.

In this book, readers will follow Leena, her dog Bobie, and her mom out on a boat adventure one night. They went to the beach near their home to look for horseshoe crabs and record down how many there were. The reason for this count is because the author informed us that experts worry that horseshoe crabs are disappearing. Medical companies rely on horseshoe crabs for its blood to test medicines and a particular shorebird, red knot, rely on horseshoe crabs’ eggs for survival. Without the eggs, red knot would become extinct. I like that Leena is very hands-on in helping her mom with the tasks. She makes sure they have all the gears before the trip and measures the water temperature using a thermometer and records the data down.

It’s our first time to learn about horseshoe crab. I’m glad the author explain what a horseshoe crab looks like and whether the tail is dangerous or just a tool for it to use to flip itself back up if it ever got knocked over. My son and I were also amazed to learn that horseshoe crab is as old as dinosaurs. It’s definitely a shocker for us to know that its blood is blue instead of red like us and the eggs are green! We love the facts at the end of the book too, especially how many eggs a female horseshoe crab can lay! It’s super cool to learn about what Ecologist do!

Pro: marine life, nature, animals, science, technology, kids involve in volunteering, the importance of horseshoe crabs

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Arbordale Publishing Website or Book Depository

About the Authors:

Dr. Neeti Bathala is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her research has brought her across the world, studying everything from bottlenose dolphins in Greece to sea turtles in Costa Rica. Neeti’s academic efforts involve research and teaching to make science accessible and enjoyable to all. Moonlight Crab Count is her debut picture book. Neeti lives in New Jersey and is an avid gardener, creating diverse ecosystems with native plantings. She spends her summers at the Jersey Shore where she is active in local conservation efforts of horseshoe crabs and other marine animals. (Info & photo obtained from Arbordale Publishing Website).

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. She is the author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care in captivity, and citizen science.In addition to After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Kali’s Story (Children’s Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale, some of Jennifer’s other recent titles include Seahorses, Squirrel Rescue and Trudy the Tree Frog. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at (Info & photo obtained from Arbordale Publishing Website).

More Information about Arbordale Publishing:

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Arbordale Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.


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