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Whales Hardcover – September 1, 1991

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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
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About the Author

Gail Gibbons grew up writing stories and drawing pictures to fit the words, and wishing she lived in the country. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of fine arts degree, she became involved in television graphics. This led her to work on a children's TV show, where her desire to write and illustrate children's books was rekindled. Eventually Gail became a full-time writer and moved to rural Vermont, where she could have a garden and as many pets as she wanted. Gail has written more than 140 books and has made countless visits to schools. The feedback she gets from children is invaluable and often inspires ideas for future projects. Gail and her husband, Kent Ancliffe, have a dog named Wilbur and two cats, named Miles and Davis. They live in Vermont in a passive solar house that Gail's husband built and on an island off the coast of Maine.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 750 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823409007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823409006
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A Kid's Review on September 29, 2005
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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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A Kid's Review on September 29, 2005
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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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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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Good read
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