Whales - Killer Whales, Blue Whales and More
Wild Dogs - Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes.
Deborah Hodge. Illustrated by Pat Stephens.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1997. Each book, 32pp., hardcover, $14.95.
Kindergarten - grade 5 / Ages 5 - 10.
Whales are big wild animals that live in the ocean. They are sometimes called the giants of the sea.
Whales look like huge fish, but they are mammals. Like other mammals, they breathe with lungs and they are warm-blooded. Their body temperature stays warm, even in cold water. Mammal babies feed on their mother's milk.
Blue whales are the biggest animals in the world. They can grow as long as a train car - up to 30 m. (100 feet) long! A newborn Blue whale is as long as a school bus.
Wild Dogs and Whales, two titles from the Wildlife Series, share a common purpose and format. Each is full of basic, interesting information which is tightly written and suitable for young fact finders. Those children beginning to develop research skills will appreciate each book's inclusion of a table of contents, a glossary and an index. Every pair of facing pages deals with a new subtopic which is developed in several sentences accompanied by illustrations. Diagrams are clearly labelled and explained. Many pages have highlighted "Fact" boxes which contain interesting tidbits of related information. The accurate illustrations, only slightly anthropomorphic, show the animals in natural settings. Wild Dogs and Whales are useful purchases for school libraries or classrooms, and their hardcover format will extend their information lifetime.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg.
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