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by Seymour Simon

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Describes, in text and illustrations, the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of various species of whales.


Describes, in text and illustrations, the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of various species of whales.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Whales in their natural habitat, the sea and the sky, are lavishly illustrated in this introduction to their physical characteristics and biology. The full-color photographs are lush, the text is succinct, and the oversized format sets off the large scale of these huge, magnificent creatures. Unusual close-ups show body angles not often seen. One particularly effective shot shows a humpback mother and her baby with their long flippers gleaming white through the dark blue water. Humpbacks often feed together, and their bodies, photographed glistening with water, look like huge black rocks. Representational species of the 90 kinds of whales in the world are described in a flowing text perfectly accented by the photographs. A beautiful and factual addition for all collections. --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
11.36(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Whales 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well-researched--beautiful photographs--a big plus in my whale collection! Sure to please any whale enthusiast!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for an organized and non-fiction book, this is the perfect book for you! The book is called is called Whales by Seymour Simon. I liked the book because it told me an overload of information. For instance, I learned that female whales are called cows and baby whales are called calves. There is nothing to really dislike about the book. The only thing to really dislike about the book is that it gives a ton of facts just like any other non-fiction book. If you are disciplined about reading about whales, this is the perfect book for you. If you are very focused on reading about whales, you would wish that you didn't have a bedtime. This book is a great book by Seymour Simon and I think that you'll like it. By Jacob
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it is silly to have put a killer whale 'Orca' on the front of this book. A killer whale is technically a dolphin. And it's name, Killer whale, comes from the fact that it is a whale killer. Ironic?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it shpold have A better title other than just whales because there could be many other books with the same title you know he's not the only Author that wants to write about whales or has written about whales.