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Inside the Whale and Other Animals Hardcover – December 23, 1991

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Grade 4 Up-- This marvelously inventive introduction to animal morphology has universal appeal. Portions of the skeletons, musculature, circulatory systems, and the major internal organs of 21 assorted creatures are exposed in large, colorful cross sections. A broad range of animals is included--large mammals, such as the blue whale, African elephant and dromedary camel as well as small invertebrates such as the starfish, banded snail, and honeybee. The main focus of each two-page section is the drawing, which appears in the center and takes up a third or more of the page space. A brief introductory paragraph, in bold print, provides some general information on the species discussed, but most of the text consists of short blocks of smaller print surrounding the main illustration that explain how various body parts function. The text is clearly written, if loosely organized, and provides some fascinating insights into how each animal's general structure is suited to its environment. There are a few flaws, however. A few of the scientific terms are not explained, and all of the animals appear to be the same size; there is no key as to their actual size. These, however, are minor drawbacks in a generally excellent work. Other books offer anatomical diagrams of some of the same animals, but none have the broad scope of Dewan's book. In addition, it has a sense of fun that is rare in science books. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
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The inner anatomy of 21 animals, including the chicken, gorilla, crocodile, snake, fly, and snail. A double-spread, full- color, labeled drawing is given for each, with cutaway sections to focus attention on special features. Smaller side drawings- -often humorous--expand on topics: how an egg progresses from unripe ova to complete egg; how the tortoise's lung expands and compresses as the tortoise pulls in and out of its shell; how the bat's tendons and bones are constructed to help it perch upside down. Minor problems limiting use for assignments: internal parts are inconsistently labeled and sometimes omitted (the camel has mammary glands but no uterus; the elephant and gorilla have uteruses but no mammary glands; the frog has no reproductive organs). Still, a visually satisfying book with many intriguing facts. (Nonfiction. 7+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (December 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385306989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385306980
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,069,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shaun Williams on December 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I recieved this book when I was a kid and I still enjoy reading through it. The authors have taken material that would normally be found in a dry textbook and made it fascinating for people of all ages to read. The illustrations, which show the interior anatomy of different animals, are fully colored and engaging. If you ever wondered where a scorpion breathes, where an octopus's brain is located, or what's actually inside of a snail's shell, this is one of the most interesting books you could possibly encounter.
I recommend it wholeheartedly. Almost anyone can learn from it and it can be especially entertaining for children.
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