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National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations: Whales (National Geographic Readers Level 3)

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Over the course of their 70-year lifespan, sperm whales will easily travel the circumference of the Earth in search of food and the need to breed and find a mate. Males will travel as far north as the Bering Sea and as far south as Antarctica in order to find enough food to sustain their ways of live—up to 700 squid a day! Along the way, these massive beasts battle 30-feet ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Denise
May 04, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
This is a nonfiction book meant for children 4-8 years of age. It provides information about whales detailing types of whales, how they communicate, what they look like, etc. It contains a glossary, an index, and a table of contents. I gave this book a 4 because it was quite informative. I love the layout of these National Geographic Kids books. The pictures are excellent and are of high quality. I like that the book uses primarily photograph based pictures instead of drawings or clipart. The la ...more
Marilyn
Oct 01, 2012 Marilyn rated it liked it
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Sperm whales are the largest toothed predators on the planet. Their teeth are 10 inches long and they only have them on their lower jaw (40 ish of them). Their blowholes are "s" shaped. Males stop growing when they are 50 years old. Females stop when they are 30. The 2 genders swim in separate pods--the largest and oldest males swim alone. Giant squid have eyes the size of dinner plates (the largest on the planet).
Peacegal
Apr 27, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
This nicely-presented book focuses on sperm whales and the great migrations they make across the vastness of the ocean.

While the book focuses mainly on the animals and their behavior, I am happy to report that animal welfare and environmental issues are included in the overview.

Young readers are informed:

Whale products were once used to make cosmetics, creams, and candles.
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During the 1700, 1800s, and into the 1900s, a large number of whales were killed by people. Sperm whales were hunted for
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Emily Ever
Even as an adult I found something interesting in this book. The information is mainly about sperm whales and the challenges they face in the wild (there are none in captivity) as well as how important they are to human history (oils for lamps). It's a gentle introduction for children into human-caused problems like pollution and over hunting.

Very hopeful information about a species rebounding from the brink of extinction.
Laura
Oct 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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I actually really liked this book. It's nice and neat and orderly. All of the illustrations are great and very informal of whats going on as well as, to show what things look like. The use of vibrant colors used in this book is good to. It's a very educational book for young children who want to learn more about nature and enjoy exploring it as well. It shows children a map and where the whales travel to. The book provides great pictures. I also, like how towards the back of the book they give i ...more
Sammy
Dec 07, 2014 Sammy rated it liked it
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Good book. I enjoyed the random jokes!
Betsy
This would be good for 2nd grade and up. A good book to use for introducing non-fiction attributes like table of contents, captions, glossary, etc. lots of good facts and some whale jokes too.
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