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Summary: Over the course of 50 million years, whales transitioned from being a land animal to a sea animal. They are not fish and their bodies are warm considering they live in the sea. They started out looking like a cheetah with a long tail, transitioned to a dinosaur-like bod, an alligator with feet, a shark and dolphin with tiny feet, and finally the shape we know today. Whales come in different types, including killer whales, bowhead whales, and gray whales with barnacles. This nonfiction picture book is for older audiences.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up
Young Reader Reaction: I like the book because I really love learning about sea animals. I learned a lot about the blue whale and killer whale (also called "Orca"). The front cover and title really interested me. It has such nice illustrations. I would say people eight years old and over can read this book because they can understand the book more.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Beautiful illustrations and lots of facts about whales will keep kids interested in reading and learning.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have an animal or science lover, they will want this on their bookshelf.
Educational Themes: There are tons of details about the evolution of whales and facts. Did you know that whales can hold their breath for 15 minutes? or that the killer whale is actually friendly? There are opportunities to help kids understand stereotypes and assumptions.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, nature
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.