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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2005
I love this book so, so much because it has a map. I learned that he swims from the warm water to the cold water. There's not much food in the warm water but there's lots of food in the cold water. I learned that a whale's tail goes up and down but a fish's tail goes side to side.

You should read this book because it's awesome and has a map.

Travis, age 5
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
So I ordered this book of of the strength of some other DK books that I have purchased for my son. All of the other books I looked at in a bookstore first - this time I did not. So imagine my surprise to find a picture of a dead dolphin floating upside down in a drift net.

For me that is not an appropriate image for a child to see. I can understand if they want to bring up the topic, and the other picture of a whale with a drift net where the words say that he breaks free is fine. But a picture of a dead dolphin - the book went staight back to Amazon.
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VINE VOICEon December 20, 2008
Journey of a Humpback Whale, by Caryn Jenner, is a whale of a book (pun intended!). As kids' books go, this brief, 32 page book (booklet?) is packed full of age appropriate information and factoids about (primarily) humpback whales. It is a DK Readers "2" book (recommended for those beginning to read alone; longer sentences and increased vocabulary over level 1; information boxes with additional facts; and an index). The font size is about 24!

There are three humpbacks featured: Triton, Spoon, and Salt. Triton is a male, and is the featured whale. The names are perhaps the corniest parts of the story, but they don't destroy the discussion of humpback natural history and biology.

You'll learn (however briefly) about the unique markings on a whale's fluke, how and when they breath, songs, migration, swimming behavior, food habits and feeding ecology, the role of blubber, and the impact of civilization on whales (whaling, pollution, entanglement, and ecotourism).

It's a good book for early readers.

Great photos, as you should expect from all DK books. To help "save the whales", the author suggests Greenpeace and Cetacean Society International.
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on February 21, 2013
I like this story of a whale and his friend heading north. Although the whales are named and fictional characters, there are many factual notes about the humpback whale. My daughter is 6 years and this gave her a nice book to read, yet still have some challenging words. My daughter really liked it.
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on May 13, 2013
Easy to read and understand for kids who love whales! We purchased this along with the Whale Family 4pc Bath Tub Family!
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on August 31, 2015
great for beginning reader
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