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Sperm Whales (Whales and Dolphins Series)

Sperm Whales (Whales and Dolphins Series)

by Victor Gentle, Janet Perry

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Children's Literature
With its large square head, a Sperm whale glides through the deep blue ocean. Is it hunting shark or squid for supper? Or is it being hunted itself by man, who wants to harvest its oil? Sperm Whales are the largest toothed whales, can dive deeper and hold their breath longer than any other air-breathing animal. Surely it is the master of the seas. Unfortunately, it is also endangered. Gentle and Perry are advocates for these amazing creatures as they spell out for very young readers the amazing facts about Sperm Whales�their communications and echolocation systems, mating behavior and family life, even its battles with giant squids. The authors also discuss the dangers these whales face�hunting, pollution, collisions with ships, noise pollution which keeps them from using their echolocation properly. Part of the Imagination Library Series "Whales and Dolphins," the book includes book and video suggestions, web sites and glossary in the back. This well-done, child-friendly volume would be a fine addition to a young child's school library, classroom or bookshelf. 2001, Gareth Stevens,
— Judy Crowder
School Library Journal - 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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Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
Whales and Dolphins Series
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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