From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—Wynne's handsome, realistic watercolors present a wide variety of sea mammals, from the expected to the less heralded. Arnold's gentle, conversational text is relatively brief, but the captions accompanying the illustrations encapsulate a good deal of additional data. They include such diverse topics as swimming methods, blowholes, ocean pressure, parenting, and echolocation. For those not ready for George S. Fichter's more demanding Whales and Other Marine Mammals
(St. Martin's, 2001) but wanting the same broad spectrum of aquatic life, this is an attractive, informative introduction.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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This attractive introduction to marine mammals begins with whales, dolphins, and porpoises and then goes on to discuss seals, sea lions, walruses, manatees, dugongs, sea otters, and polar bears. One short section identifies a few mammals that swim in freshwater lakes and rivers. Various aspects of the swimmers' anatomy are highlighted throughout (e.g., how a torpedo-shaped body helps an ocean dweller propel itself through water. The well-organized, succinct text is accompanied by clearly delineated ink drawings, washed with delicate colors. Precise yet lively, the large-scale illustrations show the animals swimming in their habitats or, occasionally, at rest near the water, while smaller vignettes offer close-ups of special features, such as whales' blowholes or a sea otter's fur. A glossary is appended. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved