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Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder Paperback – May 1, 2001
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The clear, sweet prose makes delivery of the content easy, and the very fine, soft illustrations demand repeated veiwing. My Preschool and Kindergarten ESL students found it highly engaging.
If there's a better science and read-aloud book around I'd really like to know about it. TEN stars.
Follow this book up with the superb "Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?" by Robert E. Wells. Wells' book uses the whales' size as a starting point for exploring the size of the universe and other very big things (the second step involves putting a hundred blue whales in a really big jar). Read my review of Wells' book if you like.
Delightful and detailed large crosshatching colored pen and ink illustrations. It is of note that this is not a storybook - but informational in nature. There are actually two sets of complementary facts being provided simultaneously. While this is an interesting feature throughout the book, there were a few times when it actually disrupted the flow of thought. Facts about blue whales are presented in specific measurements (feet, tons, counts, etc.) as well as relative terms (larger than an elephant, eyes the size of the end of a pencil) and with detailed graphics. We learned interesting facts about migration, birth, nutrition, and communication.
The text was quite extensive and was enjoyed more by our 6-year-old than our 4-year-old. However, the pictures were enough to keep the younger's attention throughout.
The illustrations are nice and should hold the attention of anyone 3+ years old. As others have mentioned, this book is excellent paired with "Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?" Wells of Knowledge book.
Plenty of details throughout the book, and an excellent description of how blue whales feed with their baleen. This book also has the best explanation of blue whale migration patterns out of all the whale books we used.
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This big book is used for the pictures when I do my ocean unit in my classroom. The kids like the pictures.Published on March 3, 2013 by Mindy Duffy