* Kirkus Starred Review
* NSTA Outstanding Trade Science Book
* Bank Street College of Education Best Books List
* Cybils Nonfiction Nominee
Kirkus starred review:
"With striking images of coral-reef inhabitants, this photo-essay introduces Project Seahorse, an international effort to protect and rehabilitate the Danajon Bank, a double reef off a Philippine Island where seahorses once flourished...In information-rich chapters and more narrowly focused double-page insets, the author explains the curious seahorse biology (males give birth), the development of Marine Protected Areas, the lives of local fishers and their families, the use of seahorses in traditional Chinese medicine and local efforts to improve these refuges...This is another splendid demonstration of the work of Scientists in the Field."
"Author Pamela Turner nimbly alternates between the wonders of the seahorse (photographed in a variety of shapes and sizes and in ultra-vivid close-up by Scott Tuason) and Project Seahorse's efforts to prevent over-fishing and blast fishing (using a bomb to kill fish that then float to the surface). She also captures the sounds,sights and issues involved in this marine-based science, including the undeniable needs of Filipino families who rely on the seahorse trade. This book makes abundantly clear that healthy coral reefs are in everyone's best interest."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books review:
"Turner capably blends the natural science and advocacy topics; there's a generous amount of information about seahorses and a thoughtful assessment of the challenges of realistic environmental protection."
The Horn Book review:
"In Turner's latest contribution to the Scientists in the Field series, we follow a conservation group--Project Seahorse--in their efforts to preserve seahorses, coastal reefs, and the fishing-based livelihood of the residents of Handumon, in the Philippines...although our entry point is the delicately appealing seahorses, portrayed beautifully by Tuason's underwater photography, the real story here is the profile of sustainability, as scientists, fishers, and practitioners of traditional medicine align their efforts to preserve the coral reef ecosystems without compromising the livelihoods of people in the Philippines and China."