Whales are among the world's most captivating creatures. The humpback whale can grow up to fifty feet in length. The blue whale is a giant that can grow to a length of one hundred feet. Its tongue weighs as much as an elephant! Yet all whales aren't enormous, and there are many kinds, from the beluga, with its white skin, to the narwhal, with its seven-foot-long tusk. Join Laurence Pringle as he introduces a variety of whales and describes efforts to save these magnificent creatures from extinction. With bold, realistic illustrations by Meryl Henderson, this journey to the undersea world unveils the mysterious world of these mammals in the ocean.
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Laurence Pringle has written more than one hundred books for children, including the Strange and Wonderful series and The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar, among other award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than three million copies. He lives in West Nyack, New York. laurencepringle.com.
Meryl Henderson has illustrated a number of children’s books and is a regular contributor to Highlights for Children. She lives in Hunter, New York. Visit merylsart.com.
Grade 3-5-This companion volume to Bats! (2000) and Sharks! (2001, both Boyds Mills) combines a lucid, informative text with strong, realistic illustrations. The popularity of the topic will ensure readers' interest (as will the eye-catching artwork), while the carefully composed narrative will introduce the complexities of a variety of whales. Physical characteristics, communication, feeding methods, range, size, and some behaviors are given space, as are a brief history of whaling and a plea for whale conservation. Addresses for further research are included. Marred by a couple of labeling errors, this book is still ideal for those who want more than what is offered in Gail Gibbons's sea-colored Whales (Holiday, 1991), but are not quite ready for Seymour Simon's handsome Whales (HarperTrophy, 1992) or the demanding richness of Helen Roney Sattler's Whales, the Nomads of the Sea (Lothrop, 1987; o.p.). Whales! is attractive, inviting, and informational.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111563974398
Book Description Boyds Mills Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1563974398 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0655969