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The Walrus

The Walrus

by Deborah Blum, Kris Hirschmann

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Children's Literature
Its common name is from the old Scandinavian word meaning "whale-horse" and its Greek name, Odobenidae, means" tooth walker," for its ability to use its tusks to pull itself out of the water. Its social behavior ironically parallels humankind: larger, pushy creatures usually have the highest social ranking. No doubt about it: the walrus is one magnificent marine mammal. Young readers, who admire the walrus and want to know more should read this book, part of the "Creatures of the Sea" series. Hirschmann presents a nicely written overview of Pacific and Atlantic walruses, their life cycle, hunting and social behavior, habitat and physical advantages for living in extreme cold. Along the way, some intriguing facts reveal themselves: walruses do not migrate on purpose, but stay on the edge of the Arctic icepack. Also, these carnivores do not usually eat fish; instead they feast on bottom-dwelling mollusks and crustaceans. Their natural enemies are polar bears and killer whales. Finally, their favorite activity is resting, of which walruses do a lot. Illustrated with color photographs, this book, with index, glossary, websites, book and video resources, should be a welcome addition to any school, classroom or public library. 2003, KidHaven Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Judy Crowder

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Cengage Gale
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Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer in 1992 for her writing about primate research, which she turned into a book, The Monkey Wars (Oxford, 1994). Her other books include Sex on the Brain (Viking, 1997) and Love at Goon Park (Perseus, 2002). She has written about scientific research for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Discover, Health, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones.

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