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DK Eyewitness Books: Whale

DK Eyewitness Books: Whale

by Vassili Papastavrou
     
 

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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See

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New Look! Relaunched with new jackets and 8 pages of new text!

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See the whiskers of a walrus, inside the mouth of a killer whale, dolphins at play, male elephant seals fighting, the way a blowhole works, a carved sperm whale's tooth, and a 19th-century blubber pot. Learn how deep a sperm whale can dive, how whales use bubbles to catch fish, why sea lions bark like dogs, what baleen is used for, and why killer whales come up on the beach. Discover how humpback whales communicate, why whales leap, the world's biggest baby, why the future of whales, seals, and dolphins is threatened, why whales migrate thousands of miles, and much, much more!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This reference book takes a close-up look at the fascinating world of majestic sea mammals including whales, dolphins, seals, dugongs, walruses, sea lions, and narwhals. The author describes how whales have adapted to sea life and explores whale communication, socialization, behaviors, courtship and reproduction, life cycles, habitats, physical characteristics, strandings, evolution, and myths and legends. Part of the "Eyewitness Books" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Although indexed and divided into chapters, this introduction to whales is more an attractive browsing item than a substantive work of nonfiction. The two-page entries cover such topics as evolution, physical characteristics, social life, reproduction, and more; headings such as ``I am the Walrus'' attempt to introduce a hint of humor into the text. Every page is laced with full-color photographs and drawings of marine mammals in a collage type arrangement, and every now and then a small cartoon or ``funny bit'' is inserted. The writing is often vague and imprecise, e.g., in the evolution entry, ``sea otters entered the oceans relatively recently'' is stated to explain their still-furry appearance and dependence upon land, but what does the author mean by relatively recently-last week? On the other hand, the brief explanation of the Greek terms for whales' fins-the pectoral (chest) and the dorsal (back)-is well done. Not for reports, but acceptable recreational reading.-Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756607395
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
DK Eyewitness Books Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
486,013
Product dimensions:
8.79(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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