Describes the traits and classification of the aquatic mammals called cetaceans, with an emphasis on different kinds of dolphins and whales.
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Gr 3-6-This introductory title contains confusing statements throughout. The beginning exercise used to differentiate cetaceans from other animals distinguishes a spotted dolphin and an orca from a blue shark and a Florida manatee, when manatees are sea mammals, like whales and dolphins. On the illustrated overview of animal classification, the section on mammals includes a drawing of an orca, an elephant, and a frog. The two-page entries that describe individual dolphins and whales contain almost anecdotal information. For example, the blue whale entry describes these creatures as being able to "communicate with songs that carry across thousands of miles of water." According to Steve Parker's Whales and Dolphins (Sierra Club, 1994), the songs of the male blue whale carry 60 miles. Full-color photographs illustrate each entry, but Elin Kelsey's Finding Out about Whales (Owl, 1998) has more exciting pictures. Given the number of quality books available on this subject, librarians can confidently pass on this one.-Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110531164543