Here is what others are saying about this fun manatee book designed for kids 7 and up! Here is what others are saying about this fun manatee book designed for kids 7 and up! The manatee facts are great! The personal manatees stories are even better! Mermaids and sea cows? I had idea that manatees were mistaken for mermaids by Christopher Columbus. Animal books for kids can be one of the best ways to teach young children about the many creatures that call our planet home. In this fun and exciting book, best selling children's book author Mark Smith teaches children what makes manatees so incredible. They will find out what manatees eat, where manatees live, and what makes them different from every other animal on our incredible planet Not only is this book filled with manatee facts, but there are also stories of real life manatee encounters by the author himself. This book has been designed with younger children in mind, but older kids will love the great pictures and fact filled information too. Parents will need to help their children read some of this book.