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Whales, the Nomads of the Sea

Whales, the Nomads of the Sea

by Helen Roney Sattler, Jean Day Zallinger (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The collaborators who created Sharks, the Super Fish have turned their talents to another of the ocean's inhabitantsthe whale. Powerful pictures convey just how mighty these creatures are, but it is Sattler's observations that involve readers from the start; she compares the way whales play with the people on boats to the way people play with kittens, and says that after looking a whale in the eye, she needed to know more about this species. Half the book is devoted to a glossary of the various types of whales. The tone of this is a bit more scholarly than Gilda Berger's recent Whales and therefore slightly less accessible to casual readers. But like its companion book on sharks, this is a valuable source to be read and pored over again and again. Ages 8-up. (November)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up Bunting presents a comprehensive survey of information on the whale. She makes good use of everyday comparisons to communicate the scale of size of the whale's anatomy, e.g., the blue whale's heart is the size of a small car and would take seven men to lift. Of the many books published this year on whales, this one has the best chapter on the history of whaling, but the text is marred by occasional use of gushing and trivializing language (e.g., Bunting wishes the whales luck in recovering their numbers from the devastating effects of overhunting and killing). Many of the color photographs are excellent, but some are dark and blurry. If you can only buy one whale book this year, the Sattler book is the one to buy. Picture book size but for older readers, it includes Sattler's direct experience with gray whales as well as some of the newest available information from whale research. Half of the book is ``A Glossary of Whales,'' which provides brief descriptions and illustrations of whales in an alphabetical arrangement. The subtle gray line drawings not only illustrate beautifully the different shapes of each species' vapor spouts but also their different fins and tails and the movements of an animal perfectly adapted to its environment. Sattler has also included the best chart of whales, listing all of the families within the toothed and baleen categories. Frances E. Millhouser, Arlington County Department of Libraries, Va.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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8 Years

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