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A book about whales
2019
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Acting as a first book of whales, A Book About Whales teaches young readers everything they need to know about the largest mammals on earth: how they have evolved over millions of years, what and how they eat, their migration patterns, and more! Andrea Antinori's whimsical black-and-white illustrations bring their underwater world to life. The book discusses a variety of whales one by one so readers learn to tell the differences between a blue whale and a humpback whale, among others, and what makes each of these whales unique. Packed with facts and playful in tone, this book is a must-have for young and curious nature lovers. It includes a bibliography and index.
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Gr 3-5-Whale lovers, rejoice! Antinori has composed a beautifully crafted, must-see book for baleinophiles of all ages. Originally published in Italian, it has been translated for an English-speaking audience. Unlike many nonfiction texts, this book presents information in the form of a conversation, answering questions that young readers are likely to have in a way that is accessible while still utilizing correct scientific terminology. Each page features intricate, hand-drawn illustrations of whales and other sea creatures accompanied by select text that, though brief, amplifies readers' understanding of these giants of the sea. From what whales eat to the size of their "blow" to how to tell them apart from one another, a vast array of facts are tidily placed on each page. In addition to the well-crafted text and imagery, the book itself is a delight to hold. A hefty volume, slightly oversized in length and width, the book feels as robust as its content. The matte finish of the dust jacket and thick pages add to its prestigious impression. Overall, this book is well constructed and will stand the test of time. VERDICT Whale lovers will not be able to get enough of this text in one reading. A high-class addition to any elementary school nonfiction library.-Mary Lanni, Denver Public Library © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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