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Great Whales: The Gentle Giants
     

Great Whales: The Gentle Giants

by Patricia Lauber, Pieter Folkens (Illustrator)
 

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Did you know that a blue whale is so big that its heart is the size of a small car? Award-winning author Patricia Lauber reveals that kind of fascinating detail as she describes some of the latest scientific discoveries about the biggest animals on the planet.

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Did you know that a blue whale is so big that its heart is the size of a small car? Award-winning author Patricia Lauber reveals that kind of fascinating detail as she describes some of the latest scientific discoveries about the biggest animals on the planet.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Patricia Lauber's captivating Great Whales begins with a view of migrating grays as they "parade" down North America's West Coast. She notes whale family differences and recently discovered and surprising, characteristics: Right whales, for example, which are so fat they float, will raise their flukes as sails to let the wind push them along. Ms. Lauber concludes with a brief history of whaling, its effects on specific whale populations, and an account of the 1988 rescue of stranded whales off the Alaska coast.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-- Lauber explains the differences between the toothed and baleen whales, and delineates how the latter, the huge greats, strain tons of krill from the ocean water. Using information gained by scientists from satellite tracking and side-by-side observation in the whales' habitat, she includes fascinating details. A chapter on whale hunting traces the practice from its small beginnings to today's massive, almost deadly conclusion, and the author minces no words on the doubtful survival of the blue, bowhead, and humpback whales. She ends on a hopeful note with the recounting of the cooperative world-wide effort to save the three gray whales trapped in the Alaskan ice in 1988. Folkens's drawings and diagrams illustrate aspects of whale anatomy and physiology and show the differences between the great whales' appearances; the good-quality, full-color photos are also attractive and informative. A fine, slim volume that is based on Lauber's Great Whales (Garrard, 1975; o.p.). --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805017175
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/1991
Series:
Redfeather Bks.
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
64
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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