Face to Face with Dolphins

Face to Face with Dolphins

by Flip Nicklin, Linda Nicklin
     
 

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You're 70 feet underwater—face to face with one of the sea's friendliest creatures. National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin and his wife Linda, a naturalist and educator, invite you to study the amazing behavior of the beloved dolphin. Learn the difference between an orca and a bottlenose. Witness a dophin baby nursed with mother's milk. Discover how

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You're 70 feet underwater—face to face with one of the sea's friendliest creatures. National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin and his wife Linda, a naturalist and educator, invite you to study the amazing behavior of the beloved dolphin. Learn the difference between an orca and a bottlenose. Witness a dophin baby nursed with mother's milk. Discover how these social mammals echolocate and communicate. Flip is a veteran of 5,500 dives worldwide, and this compelling book aims to encourage active concern and support for these smiling sea creatures whose intelligence demands our kinship.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The creature with the big snout appears to be looking out at the reader and also looks like he or she has a smile. It is a bottlenose dolphin. Flip Nicklin has been an underwater photographer for years and specializes in whales and dolphins. Dolphins seem to enjoy having fun; they play games with each other, with humans, and with objects. There are thirty-three species of dolphins. Five live in rivers while the rest can be found in oceans. Among the more fascinating photographs is the one of dolphins working together to feed on a school of fish. Like humans, mothers teach their babies how to survive and other members of the group also help with the care of a baby dolphin. Humans are having an impact on dolphins—they are hunted for food, their waters are polluted, and unsafe fishing practices and over-fishing can cause sever food shortages and death. The final pages address how readers can help protect the waters they live in, and also how the reader can become a budding animal photographer. If a young reader is working on a report, the facts-at-a-glance, the glossary, and the find-out-more sections will be particularly helpful. The latter includes printed materials as well as web sites. An excellent book for school, public library, and home use. Look for other titles in the "Face to Face" series.
Kirkus Reviews
A National Geographic photographer introduces young readers to dolphins through photographs and description of their physical characteristics, family life and relations with human beings. This visually appealing presentation, part of a series of close encounters with the animal world, offers close-ups and action pictures of various dolphin species including orcas. Relying on the spectacular images to entice the reader, the authors never quite explain why young people should care about dolphins but acknowledge their playful appeal. Sidebar instruction in dolphin-like swimming and the use of a balloon to make the squeaks that are part of the species' vocal repertoire, as well as a description of dolphin play, help young readers connect. Extensive endmatter, in a smaller type font, provides information on how young readers can help dolphins (mostly through being careful about waste), tells where to see them and how to take pictures and provides more detailed facts about the species. Pair it with Kathleen Dudzinski's Meeting Dolphins (2000) from the same publisher. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426301414
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
Face to Face with Animals Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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