Migration of a Whale

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Whales, we learn are very large mammals that live in the sea. As such they are warm-blooded, breathe air, and nurse their babies. In this particular book the whale featured is a female gray whale. They are among the animals that make an extremely long journey (migration) from the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. It can be as much as 12,500 miles. For a big animal this whales survives on very small creatures called krill which are trapped in the baleen plates in their mouth. The reason for the migration is mating and giving birth. The gray whale moves in a group called a pod and the mother whale is pregnant for almost a year. After feeding in the cold Arctic waters, the gray whale mother returns to the warm Pacific to give birth. The baby (calf) is hardy small by human standards and is at least fifteen feet long at birth. As the baby nurses it is developing a layer of blubber (fat) that will help insulate it against the cold waters of the Arctic. The baby whale is weaned at about seven month and finally leaves its mother after about a year. The illustrations are not true to life in detail or photographs but are drawings that are sufficient to support the text. One page that is sure to intrigue kids is the one that can be held up to the light to see the baby whale inside its pregnant mother. The final pages provide some interesting whale facts, a migration map, a life cycle diagram, glossary, and an index. This is good introduction to these marvelous creatures which may spur readers to learn even more. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Well-organized chapters promote inquiry, using questions as titles, which are followed by clearly written answers and other facts, distinguished by different-size fonts. Chicken , which features a boy and a girl of different ethnicities, outlines two experiments that are ideal for performing in class or at home; Whale features a migratory map. Children will love holding pages up to the light to see "inside" the gray whale and the eggs. Excellent, simple illustrations using colorful mixed media enhance the texts, providing clear examples of embryo and animal development. Suitable for independent reading and classroom use.-Colleen D. Bocka, Nathaniel Rochester Community School, Rochester, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531238035
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Amaze Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 833,695
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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