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Author: Sharon Katz Cooper
Illustrator: Tom Leonard
Publisher: Picture Window Books – A Capstone Imprint
Published: , 2015
What a delightful book! It contains beautiful, realistic illustrations which enhance the superb descriptions which are given in clear, easy to read, format. There are some great analogies used – for example, relating her fat layer to be “like a coat and a restaurant in one”. Some of the bigger numbers (e.g. the weight of the whale) are compared to other things (in that case, the weight of cars) to make them more comprehensible to readers. At the end of the book there are Gray Whale Fast Facts, a Glossary, suggestions for further reading and an Index.
This book will inspire children to want to find out more, helping them to hopefully develop a real interest in the natural world – in this instance the gray whales which make the longest migration journey of any mammal on Earth.
Teachers could easily use this book to encourage an interest in wildlife for their children. The book could be used to demonstrate and explain the key elements of a factual book and could also be used as an example upon which children could research and develop their own books on an animal of their own choice.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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