Best Book of Whales and Dolphins
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Best Book of Whales and Dolphins

by Christiane Gunzi
     
 

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The Best Book of Whales and Dolphins introduces children to these mysterious, intelligent, and elusive animals that fascinate children all over the world. Evocative text and realistic, detailed artwork help the young reader understand the differences between these marine mammals, and offer an amazing insight into their reputation for intelligence and their

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The Best Book of Whales and Dolphins introduces children to these mysterious, intelligent, and elusive animals that fascinate children all over the world. Evocative text and realistic, detailed artwork help the young reader understand the differences between these marine mammals, and offer an amazing insight into their reputation for intelligence and their ability to communicate. Also covered are the migratory journeys of various whale species, how whales and dolphins nurture their young, and the acrobatic exploits of the agile dolphins. Includes an illustrated glossary and index.

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Children's Literature
In open and inviting format with useful captions and diagrams, this book introduces readers to the underwater community of whales and dolphins, but porpoises appear frequently enough to merit a place in the title, as well. The usual information is covered¾food, prey, life cycle, daily activities and behaviors, echolocation or singing, birth, and many fascinating facts and asides¾enough to make interested readers out of just about anyone. The book differentiates between baleen and toothed whales with many examples from both categories. End material emphasizes conservation and helpful acts like keeping beached pilot whales wet until high tide without sounding dire notes. The illustrations are clearly painted with enough detail to separate the many species discussed here and to suggest the diversity of these three kinds of animals. A three-column glossary is a helpful review of terminology except that a factual error states that only toothed whales echolocate, but text declares that dolphins also use this method of communication. That aside, the book is a helpful and appealing introduction to the topic and suits casual readers as well as report writers. 2001, Kingfisher, $12.95. Ages 6 to 12. Reviewer:Susan Hepler
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Any child who has seen dolphins swimming near the seashore or viewed them in an aquarium is bound to want to learn more about these intriguing marine mammals. This book, part of Kingfisher's "Best Book of" series, will help young readers explore the world of whales and dolphins. These animals are divided into two groups, baleen and toothed whales (dolphins belong to the latter). Instead of photography—common with marine science books—this volume uses beautifully authentic drawings in a format that is sure to keep the young reader turning pages. Chapters include the first whales that lived fifty-five million years ago up through today's whales and dolphins, outlining and picturing the different kinds. Well-written text includes what ocean life is like for these cetaceans, the function of a blowhole, how toothed whales hunt for prey, how baleen whales filter their food, whale/dolphin communication, behavior, and reproduction. The human element is included with chapters on whales in danger, whether stranded or inadvertently caught in tuna nets, how and why scientists study dolphins and whales, whale watching and tagging, plus swimming with dolphins. Especially nice are the pages showing children active in the process of saving stranded pilot whales. The book includes a glossary and index, both with illustrations. This is a well-done series that would be welcome in a private classroom or public library.
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“The book is a helpful and appealing introduction to the topic and suits casual readers as well as report writers” —Children's Literature

“This is a well-done series that would be welcome in a private classroom or public library.” —Children's Literature

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753459874
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/15/2006
Series:
Best Book of Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Christiane Gunzi is the author of several natural history books for children. Her works for Kingfisher include The Best Book of Big Cats, The Best Book of Snakes, The Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals, and The Best Book of Whales and Dolphins.

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