Whales

Gilda Berger, Author, Lisa Bonforte, Illustrator Doubleday Books for Young Readers $10.95 (41p) ISBN 978-0-385-23420-7
The author of Sharks has used a similar format for whales, another legendary creature of the sea: general information is followed by a discussion of the more than 20 major species that make up the whale family. Once again, Berger's facts are both amusing and informative, the kind kids like to share: for example, sailors report that when whales clear air from their lungs through their blowholes, they often are found to have bad breath. The Russian expression ""squeal like a Beluga,'' comes from the fact that Beluga whales, like others of their kind, communicate through clicks, taps, ``songs'' and grunts. And Berger puts the size of the whales into manageable perspective; readers won't soon forget that the blue whale has a heart the size of a small automobile. Bonforte's full-color illustrations adequately convey the distinctions between whales; author and artist give readers much to pore over, consider and enjoy. Ages 5-9. (October)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1987
Release date: 09/01/1987
Hardcover - 41 pages - 978-0-385-23421-4
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