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About Marine Mammals: A Guide for Children Hardcover – August 1, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—This broad introduction to marine mammals covers major characteristics, using illustrations rendered in soft hues to captivate readers. Basic ideas about habitat, diet, behavior, and biology are conveyed through simple sentences with a focus on similarities and differences. For instance, the sentence "They [marine mammals] may live in warm tropical water…or in cold polar seas" is accompanied by a large illustration of spinner dolphins in bright water near an island and an image of a polar bear on an iceberg surrounded by darker water. Because the text is fairly general, young readers may not understand how these creatures differ from or stack up against other aquatic life. Educators and caregivers will likely need to preempt or follow up this reading with a bit more context. The two concluding spreads promote a simple but true message on ocean preservation ("It is important to protect marine mammals and the places where they live."). An afterword expands on each species featured and provides a bit more about marine mammals in general. VERDICT A serviceable addition for young children interested in ocean wildlife.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
Gr 1-2, younger for reading aloud. From the author and illustrator of About Birds (1991), this volume introduces mammals to young children. Each spread has a full-color painting of one or several animals and a facing page that is white except for a few words of text and an identification of the animal illustrated. For instance, the words Mammals eat meat appear opposite an illustration of a bobcat carrying its prey. Apart from the illustrator's irritating practice of signing each picture, the artwork shows a sensitivity to young children's interests as well as to the variety of North American mammals. Simple yet varied in composition, the paintings are realistic in depicting the colors and forms of the wildlife as well as the animals' activities. Preschool and primary-grade teachers will find this an attractive choice for units on mammals. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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At the back of the book called the Afterword is more details on each of the mammals pictured in the book.
On the back cover of the book it has these questions:
What does a mammal look like?
What does a mammal eat?
Where does a mammal live?
WHAT IS A MAMMAL?
I find this series to be a wonderful go to for boys and girls to get them more involved with nature and wildlife. My husband was very impressed the series. I like that it relates to the very young and the old. I have already read a couple of other books by this author and illustrator and plan on making my way through the series and others.
I highly recommend this book to all children also parents, teachers, and librarians.
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