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Whales Hardcover – September 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823409007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823409006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-- Illustrated in bright, clear watercolors accented with pastels, this picture-book introduction could be used by beginning readers or as a read-aloud. The text is excellent, beginning with the fact that whales are air-breathing, warm-blooded mammals, and then outlining their variation in size and evolutionary history. Gibbons describes the two groups of whales--toothed and baleen--delineating their differences not only in physiology but also in behavior. Representative members of each group are pictured and given a one-or-two line description. Each drawing is labeled, and a helpful pronunciation guide accompanies difficult or unfamiliar words. Some of the illustrations, however, are overly cute and personified, with full, almost pouty, lower lips and facial expressions. The grinning belugas swimming around the blue whale are a little disconcerting. A one-page section called "Whale Tales" presents such factual tidbits as "A blue whale eats about 4,400 pounds of krill a day" and "A sperm whale can dive down more than a half mile." An attractive additional purchase. --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a book about Blue Whales and other whales. I thought the whales were pretty jumping in the air. It is a fun book! I want you to read this book so you can learn about whales too.

- Jordan (1st grader @ Rosa Parks Elementary, Lexington KY)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a book about all different kinds of whales. My favorite whale was the Blue Whale, because it is the biggest animal that has ever lived. I liked this book because it is educational and it won't scare little kids. I think you should read this book because it will teach you a lot that you never knew!

- Kyra (2nd Grader @ Rosa Parks Elementary, Lexington KY)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on April 30, 2012
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Whales, written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons, is a very nice book for the wee folk (K-3) on a non-wee topic: the world's largest creatures. Gibbons discusses, in brief, the various kinds of whales, some aspects of their feeding ecology and behavior, and a bit about threats to whales.

This should work as both a book to read, and a book to read to others. Enjoy. It's a bit more complex than Journey of a Humpback Whale.
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By Iza Hdez on September 7, 2014
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Easy to manage book with very large pictures and great info. I love it.
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