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Super Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the Sea Hardcover – February 1, 2007

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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 Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570915881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570915888
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Arnold is the author of more than 100 books for children. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and recently has illustrated some of her books with striking cut paper art. To see prints and cards of her illustrations, go to www.etsy.com/shop/CarolineArnoldArt. Recent nonfiction titles include A Polar Bear's World, A Bald Eagle's World, Global Warming and the Dinosaurs, A Panda's World, Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age, Super Swimmers, and Easter Island. Her recent fiction books include Wiggle and Waggle, a collection of five stories for beginning readers, and The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, a tall tale.
Her books have received awards from the American Library Association, the National Science Teachers Association, P.E.N., and SCBWI. Recently she received the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, the Leo Politi Award from California Readers, and from the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, the Best Written and Illustrated Suite of Nonfiction for children.
Caroline's interest in animals and the out-of-doors began when she was a child growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Some of her new books are illustrated with her own art. Caroline lives in Los Angeles and teaches part-time in the Writer's Program at UCLA Extension.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Kissling on June 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When we think of ocean swimmers other than fish, whales and dolphins come to mind. This addition to the aquatic mammals section of the library introduces so many more -- otters, walruses, and some less obvious choices, such as polar bears and beavers. There is good information offered, but the organization makes it difficult to navigate. A table of contents and/or index would be a great help and this would become a much more useful reference tool. As it is, children will enjoy browsing and finding out more about their favorites. Carefully executed ink and watercolor illustrations are well-suited to the information presented as well as to the audience it addresses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skip Pinder on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully illustrated book about marine mammals. This book is targeted toward children, with lots of interesting content. Learn how young animals learn to swim, the differences between manatees and dugongs and the importance of blubber. Even covers my favorite: the platypus.
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