Children's LiteratureExtraordinary cut paper illustrations and simple, well-written text introduces young readers to the world of the killer whale, from birth to adult, in this book from the "Caroline Arnold's Animals" series. The baby orca is anything but tiny, weighing as much as 400 pounds. But he has the needs of any baby: milk from his mother, nurturing, and protection. Sidebars explain details of orca life while text includes how the calf's needs are met. For instance, the slow-swimming calf and mother are kept in the center of the pod for protection. He learns to eat solid food by watching his mother and other adults as they consume fish. It will take him twenty years to reach adulthood, all the while remaining in the pod into which he was born. This book is a joy to read and includes a world map, fun facts (did you know some killer whales have lived to be eighty years old?), a glossary, a bibliography, an index, and safe Internet sites. 2006, Picture Window Books/Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 7.