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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea - a Smithsonian Oceanic Collection Book (Mini book) Hardcover – November 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Smithsonian Oceanic Collection
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Soundprint; Hardcover Micro Book edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592498698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592498697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A wonderful read; entertaining and informative. Perfect for the family or school library." --Armchair Interviews

"Janet Halfmann once again gives young readers nonfiction information at a fiction-like interest level. . .This is the sort of picture book young children really enjoy. . .a.beautiful addition to classrooms and libraries."
--Reading Rumpus

"We've read and enjoyed other animal books by Janet Halfmann. . .If you have an animal-loving child. . .with an appetite for non-fiction, her books are the best I know of for peaceful, shared learning." 
--Charlotte's Library

"Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea is. . .educational, but told in a way that will make kids enjoy learning about this unusual creature. . .Add in the beautiful. . .pictures, and it makes this book an all around winner."
--Front Street Reviews

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea takes place in Canada's high arctic with the Inuit people. . .book is full of suspense. It would. . .be a good resource for a unit study on the Inuit, the ocean, mammals, or the arctic." --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

<span>"A wonderful read; entertaining and informative. Perfect for the family or school library." --Armchair Interviews</span>

<span><span> </span>"Janet Halfmann once again gives young readers nonfiction information at a fiction-like interest level. . .This is the sort of picture book young children really enjoy. . .a.beautiful addition to classrooms and libraries."</span>
--Reading Rumpus

<span>"We've read and enjoyed other animal books by Janet Halfmann. . .If you have an animal-loving child. . .with an appetite for non-fiction, her books are the best I know of for peaceful, shared learning." </span>
--Charlotte's Library

<span>"Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea is. . .educational, but told in a way that will make kids enjoy learning about this unusual creature. . .Add in the beautiful. . .pictures, and it makes this book an all around winner."</span>
--Front Street Reviews

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea takes place in Canada's high arctic with the Inuit people. . .book is full of suspense. It would. . .be a good resource for a unit study on the Inuit, the ocean, mammals, or the arctic." --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

<span>"A wonderful read; entertaining and informative. Perfect for the family or school library." --Armchair Interviews</span>

<span><span> </span>"Janet Halfmann once again gives young readers nonfiction information at a fiction-like interest level. . .This is the sort of picture book young children really enjoy. . .a.beautiful addition to classrooms and libraries."</span>
--Reading Rumpus

<span>"We've read and enjoyed other animal books by Janet Halfmann. . .If you have an animal-loving child. . .with an appetite for non-fiction, her books are the best I know of for peaceful, shared learning." </span>
--Charlotte's Library

<span>"Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea is. . .educational, but told in a way that will make kids enjoy learning about this unusual creature. . .Add in the beautiful. . .pictures, and it makes this book an all around winner."</span>
--Front Street Reviews

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea takes place in Canada's high arctic with the Inuit people. . .book is full of suspense. It would. . .be a good resource for a unit study on the Inuit, the ocean, mammals, or the arctic." --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

From the Inside Flap

It's a sunny July day in the Canadian Arctic and Narwhal is returning from the sea to his summer home near land. Inuit children watch happily as Narwhal and his pod swim and dive beneath the shimmering blue water. With his long unicorn-like tooth and his thick layer of blubber to keep him warm, Narwhal's body is designed for Arctic life. But it is not always calm in the Arctic bay. Will Narwhal be able to fend off a pod of killer whales and find his way out of an inlet blocked by ice before swimming out to sea for the winter?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VS Grenier Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is part of the Smithsonian Institution's Oceanic Collection and has been fact-checked by Smithsonian curators. The narwhal is a sea animal that I knew nothing about until I read this book. The back of the book has a section with more interesting facts about this wonderful animal, plus a glossary and Points of Interest located throughout the book.

How did the author come up with the title? The male narwhal does look like a unicorn, with a nine-foot tooth that grows on its upper left jaw. The females usually don't have this tooth.

The Inuit children of Canada's High Arctic spot the narwhals returning to land in July when this sea animal's icy winter home starts to melt. The narwhals come back every year to the Arctic shore to have their babies, eat, and teach their new calves how to survive. They stay together in one big "pod" for safety.

Narwhal surfaces when he sees a tourist ship in the bay. He is shy of humans, so he dives back underwater until the ship has passed.

Next, killer whales approach, so Narwhal and his pod become motionless and silent in the shallow waters until the whales have left to look for food somewhere else. Thank goodness whales don't see too well--they think the narwhals are chunks of ice!

Summer ends, so Narwhal and his pod head to the open sea before the forming ice traps them. Along the way, they stop to feed on plentiful fish in shallow water. But that night the ice freezes and traps the pod! Will they get out? How will they survive? You will just have to read this very interesting book to see what happens next.

I give this a high-five for the interesting, riveting text and the beauty and accuracy of the illustrations. If you love animals and want to share your interest with your children, this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. on January 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my daughter because I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful, detailed illustrations in a preview I viewed. In that regard I was not disappointed; it is an engaging, educational story that introduces my daughter to a animal that is not commonly known, as well other wildlife and people of the Arctic. In addition to the narwhal this book has illustrations and mentions of polar bears, walruses, seals, and killer whales, as well as the native Inuit people. It is an amazing introduction to the Arctic!

The company I purchased it from included a free audio download that goes along with the book, and I highly recommend this. The ambient sounds really add to the story and my daughter asks to listen to the audio again and again, as she flips through her mini book.

So why only four stars? Take note that this is truly a mini-book, no larger than what I would expect to be included with a children's meal at a fast food restaurant. My daughter cannot read yet and mainly enjoys listening to the story, and looking at the pictures, but for an older child that wants to follow along word for word I would highly recommend the larger version of this book- Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (Smithsonian Oceanic Collection Book) (with easy to download e-book & audiobook).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie M. Harvey on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Before reading this, I can honestly say I have never heard of a Narwhal. This non-fiction book for children ranging in age from 4-8 features a Narwhal. A narwhal is an Artic whale with a nine foot long tooth jutting from its head that resembles a unicorn's horn. Halfmann's newest book follows the Narwhal as it journey's from its summer home near land to its winter home deep in the Artic Sea.

The book is chuck full of information about the Narwhal and is sure to be of great interest for children who love wildlife and learning about new kinds of animals. Told in story format, children will find the reading easy, as the format is more picture-book than non-fiction. You know the information to be truthful and realistic, as the book is part of the Smithsonian Oceanic Collection! I'm definitely glad to be adding this to my (someday) classroom library! Children sponge up this information and will be sharing it with each other for days to come after reading!
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More About the Author

Janet Halfmann (http://www.janethalfmann.com) is an award-winning children's author who strives to make her books come alive for young readers and listeners. Many of her picture books are about animals and nature. She also writes picture book biographies about little-known people of achievement.

Recent titles by Janet include A Rainbow of Birds; Eggs 1, 2,3: Who Will the Babies Be?; Home in the Cave; Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish; Good Night, Little Sea Otter; and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet has written thirty-five fiction and nonfiction books for children.

Before becoming a children's author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of four. When Janet isn't writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, WI.