Dolphins: What They Can Teach Us

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The creators of the popular The Octopus: Phantom of the Sea and Sharks: Challengers of the Deep now team up to produce a beautiful, informative book on dolphins. Readers will enjoy learning how these appealing mammals hunt for food, care for their young, and defend themselves. This book also explains the many ways in which dolphins help human beings—by saving people from drowning, aiding fishermen in finding schools of fish, and, most amazingly, assisting both children and adults in coping with cancer, ...
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Overview

The creators of the popular The Octopus: Phantom of the Sea and Sharks: Challengers of the Deep now team up to produce a beautiful, informative book on dolphins. Readers will enjoy learning how these appealing mammals hunt for food, care for their young, and defend themselves. This book also explains the many ways in which dolphins help human beings—by saving people from drowning, aiding fishermen in finding schools of fish, and, most amazingly, assisting both children and adults in coping with cancer, depression, and physical disabilities. In addition, there's a chapter devoted to ways in which humans can help protect dolphins. Jeffrey L. Rotman traveled to the Red Sea and to Dolphin Reef in Israel to capture these striking photographs, which include gorgeous close-ups and playful scenes of dolphins socializing with children. This is the perfect book for animal lovers, dolphin lovers, and budding environmentalists.

Focuses on the behavior of these large sea animals, their interactions with humans, and ways in which dolphins and people can benefit each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Carris
Of dolphins, Mary Cerullo writes, "Who could not be enchanted by such amiable creatures?" Of her book, I say, "Who could not want such a terrific book about dolphins?" As this soundly researched and well-written text demonstrates, dolphins have claimed our hearts and teased our curiosity for centuries. Here, using absolutely the latest research, the author describes the personality, complex social behaviors, and group loyalty that characterize the bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, and all their kin. Spending 39 pages in their company is all too brief a time. This book is a winner in every way.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Cerullo explores the world of dolphins with a particular emphasis on their behavior. Much attention is also given to people who work with these mammals and studies of the interactions between humans and dolphins. In the first chapter, the author relates her own experiences at a dolphin research center in the Florida Keys, where she swam with the animals and spoke to many of the researchers about their different projects. The book continues in this anecdotal style with visits to various research centers around the world and descriptions of their scientific investigations. One section focuses on the use of these animals in therapy work with disabled or critically ill people. There are many facts about dolphins scattered throughout the text, but the chatty writing style and somewhat sophisticated language make them difficult to find without careful reading. Eye-catching full-color photos, many of dolphins and humans together, do much to add to the book's appeal. Though not the best choice for report writers, this title is a good supplemental source. It has lots of appeal for casual readers and fans of this popular animal.-Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
An enchanting book about the latest research on dolphins, and how people benefit from the new information. Cerullo (The Octopus, 1997, etc.) spent a week at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida, and learned that dolphins "deserved their reputation for friendliness, playfulness, complex social behavior, and group loyalty." The US Navy studies dolphins to learn about hydrodynamics, echolocation, and deep-diving ability "in order to apply these principles to the design of Navy ships and submarines." Readers will be fascinated by the descriptions of how dolphins "see" through sonar, and by one of the most interesting roles for dolphins, in therapy programs with children who are coping with cancer, disabilities, or depression. With beautiful full-color photographs, the presentation is appealing and incisive. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525652632
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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