Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks, and Clapping Jaws

Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks, and Clapping Jaws

by Wendy Pfeffer, Helen K. Davie
     
 

Dolphins are smart. They are so smart that they can talk to each other. Dolphins communicate underwater for the same reason people talk on land: to let others know who they are, where they are, and maybe even how to feel. Also included are activities that explore how dolphins talk to each other. See more details below

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Dolphins are smart. They are so smart that they can talk to each other. Dolphins communicate underwater for the same reason people talk on land: to let others know who they are, where they are, and maybe even how to feel. Also included are activities that explore how dolphins talk to each other.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Much about the communication of dolphins parallels that of humans, and young listeners will be quickly drawn into this fascinating account. From the first illustration that appears to have caught the huge sea creature smiling to the final cross section of its inner workings, text and drawings work in perfect harmony. How these toothed whales search for their babies when they stray, hear amazing distances, measure objects, and even teach obedience to their children is explored in descriptive prose. Lovely page-filling art demonstrates dolphins at work, play, and even in an affectionate pose. Companion pages depict human families in similar activities so that the audience may make reasonable comparisons. Various sounds made by these highly intelligent mammals and their significance are detailed so that young listeners might interact with the text by mimicking these delightful noises to send their own messages. A volume in the "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out About" series, this is a Stage 2 book. These titles are designed to present more challenging concepts for the primary grades. Other Stage 2 works are featured on the back cover. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 9.
— Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Beginning readers will enjoy this introductory title on dolphin communication. In addition to the creatures' use of clicks, whistles, and squeaks, the book explains how they use movements to send messages and echolocation to locate objects in the water. Pfeffer does a great job of keeping the concept understandable and comparing human and animal communication, but children may have some difficulty reading the text against the few dark pages. Davie's watercolor illustrations are pleasant and upbeat. The final spread with a labeled cross section of a dolphin is particularly informative.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Stage 2 entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series seeks to explain the mysteries of dolphin communication. Drawing parallels between human and dolphin interactions, Pfeffer describes dolphin vocabulary and the circumstances under which particular noises and gestures are made. Clear watercolors picture dolphins in diagram and in their natural environment; the varying angles and perspectives keep the blue-green sameness of palette from becoming boring. The text sticks narrowly to its topic, shining in its description of echolocation and its observations about dolphin behavior. It falls down, however, in its explanation of the "hows" of dolphin communication. Although it carefully discusses the role of cranial air sacs in the creation of dolphin vocalization, it's largely mute on the function of the "melon" (carefully labeled in more than one diagram) in the production or reception of sound, leaving a big question mark for curious readers. That there is very little else that goes into such detail on the subject for the age group makes this lack of explanation particularly frustrating; it also makes this, despite its flaws, a reasonable purchase. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064452106
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Series:
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 2
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
509,595
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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