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Annotation: A comprehensive, STEM-supporting introduction to the world's dolphin species complements lavishly detailed artwork with engaging facts on subjects ranging from dolphin habitats and communication skills to how they can be protected from hunting and pollution.
Genre: [Biology]
Catalog Number: #181130
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-629-79680-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-629-79680-2
Dewey: 599.53
LCCN: 2018937661
Dimensions: 24 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The latest book in the dependable Strange and Wonderful series opens with "If you were a young dolphin," and page by page, the text and illustrations work together beautifully to help readers understand these animals better. After introducing several dolphin species and their physical features, the discussion turns to their porpoising, diving, and breaching activities, as well as their echolocation system, predatory tactics, life cycle, communications, playfulness, and unusual sleeping behavior (only one side of the brain sleeps at a time). The final pages comment on mass strandings of dolphins, threats from human pollution, fishing nets, and boat traffic, and the controversy surrounding dolphin shows. The back matter includes a glossary, index, and source bibliography as well as lists of recommended books and websites. Pringle even discusses the facial bone-and-muscle structure that people interpret as a dolphin's "smile," pointing out that it's present whether the dolphin's actions are friendly or hostile. Well attuned to points brought up in the text, Henderson's graceful watercolor-and-pencil illustrations offer close-up views of dolphins in action. A lively, informative introduction to dolphins.
Horn Book
Pringle's comprehensive treatment of dolphin species and behaviors provides in-depth yet understandable explanations of behaviors such as echolocation, dolphin communication, and the animals' social natures. The illustrations are tightly aligned with the text, portraying active scenes that feature the behaviors described, diagramming dolphin anatomy--inside and out--and presenting multiple species on a page to allow for comparisons. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
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ALA Booklist (1/1/19)
Horn Book (8/1/19)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Lexile: 940L
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

Here is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to dolphin species from all over the world; this title is the latest installment in the popular Strange and Wonderful series and a terrific STEM choice.

With fascinating facts and detailed, illuminating artwork, DOLPHINS! Strange and Wonderful introduces readers to dolphin species -- from the well-known bottlenose dolphin to several species of "blackfish" (including orcas) that most people believe are whales. Author Laurence Pringle's clear, informative text describes dolphins' habitats, physiology, communication, intelligence, parenting, what and how they eat, and much more. The book also discusses conservation and how dolphins can be protected from hunting, pollution, and other threats. Accompanied by Meryl Henderson's beautiful and illuminating paintings, this book is a great STEM title that perfectly hits the mark for children interested in marine life. Includes a glossary, index, and further resources.

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