Humpback Whales (Whales and Dolphins Series)

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Children's Literature
Humpback whales fascinate us all, though young readers may be surprised to learn that at one point, humans were the very predators that nearly made this gentle creature extinct. This readable and informative text from the Imagination Library series, "Whales and Dolphins," introduces children to the humpback. The information is clearly and simply presented, accompanied by full-page, full-color photographs. We learn that the humpback has very few natural predators, and that there are many scientists devoted to the study and the saving of these whales. How many animals are willing to travel up to 4,000 miles between the place where they eat and the place where they have their babies? And what, exactly, is a fluke? The back of the book contains a glossary, some quick facts, further reading and interesting web sites. This enjoyable read is sure to bring greater awareness to the plight of the still-at-risk humpback whale. Other titles in this series are Blue Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas: Killer Whales, Right Whales, and Sperm Whales. 2001, Gareth Stevens, $19.93. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Catherine Campbell Wright
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-These series titles provide essential information about the physical characteristics and life cycle of these animals. The text on one side faces a full-page illustration, usually a photo. One helpful feature is a half-page "Quick Facts" summary, which includes a visual comparison of the adult animal with a human and a number of vehicles. These charts make the immense size of the whales strikingly clear. The lists of suggested books, videos, and Web sites are marred by errors, such as listing Theodore Taylor's novel, The Hostage, as nonfiction and including a book about a marine biologist simply because her boat is called Orca. More puzzling are the suggested Internet search terms, which sometimes include words not mentioned in the book itself. Rather than opting to purchase the entire set, librarians should see what topics are already covered in their collections. Some species, such as orcas, have had quite a number of books written about them. Nicola Davies's Big Blue Whale (Candlewick, 1997) presents information in a way that avoids the formulaic series approach and look. Still, Gentle and Perry's titles can be helpful for collections in which additional resources are needed to fill gaps.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836828825
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Whales and Dolphins Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

We Almost Wiped 'Em Out 4
Predator to Protector 6
Fearsome Filter Feeders 8
Blowing Bubbles 10
Feeding or Breeding 12
Be Music the Food of Love? 14
We Know Them by Fluke 16
The Humpback Comeback 18
Save the Oceans! 20
More to Read and View/Quick Facts 22
Web Sites 23
Glossary and Index 24
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