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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
In Nema and Clow: A Friendship Under the Sea, Amina Ouchen explains the complex concept of symbiotic relationships clearly, so even children can understand them. I taught science at the secondary level and had difficulty explaining symbiosis to the students. However, Amina makes it look simple, and I must applaud her for her adeptness at opening the world of undersea life to children. This book is charming and will hold young readers’ interest. It is a story that teaches. I am a firm believer in using stories to instruct children and adults. The concept of a clownfish swimming for its life and discovering the safety of a sea anemone is brilliant. Children are already familiar with clownfish through the movie Finding Nemo. Now they will understand the science behind the relationship between clownfish and sea anemones.
Nema and Clow is an entertaining little book. Children tend to like stories about animals, and this story introduces them to the special relationship between two friends. Our friends protect us and provide a safe haven. However, differences should not stop friends from enjoying each other’s company. Amina Ouchen shows that a sound relationship has mutual benefits. Children need to learn that helping others is essential. That help can turn into a friendship that will last throughout adulthood. As you read this book to your children, they will be captivated by the beautiful artwork. Teach your children that the differences between Clow and Nema are what made them such great friends. Differences are meant to unite, not separate.