Kim Toft is a full-time silk artist. One Less Fish, her first book, is a reflection of her love for the tropical paradise of far north Queensland and her desire to help the next generation understand the importance of its preservation.
K-Gr 2-Brilliantly colored ink and dye-on-silk illustrations create a luminous framework for a simple rhyming text leading to the revelation of a seahorse's emergence into its watery world ("My DAD gave birth to me!"). Throughout the glowing pages, youngsters meet a variety of creatures-sea snakes, humpback whales, manta rays, and more, thus getting a brief introduction to their birth/parenting techniques and clues to the identity of the "mystery narrator," while being encouraged to seek the hidden animal in the habitats depicted. The shimmering body of the book is supplemented by two pages of additional data on the marine animals highlighted in the text and illustrations, a full page of information on seahorses (including mating and birth), and a glossary. The term starfish is used rather than the more scientifically appropriate sea star, but aside from that small carp, this is a radiant peek into an oceanic nursery.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.