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A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales (The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Onboard a vessel that would make Jacques Cousteau green with envy, the Cat and Co. take to the high seas in search of whales, dolphins, and porpoises—those aquatic mammals known as cetaceans. While learning how cetaceans stay warm without hair, have teeth or baleen, swim in troops, spyhop, spin, breach, and see via ecolocation, kids are introduced to almost 20 different sp ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jul 30, 2009 Josh rated it it was amazing
A Dr. Suess book (written by another author true) about whales, dophins, and porpoises is absolutely brilliant. And it rhymes!!! I found this book while strolling through a gift shop at Sea World. When I saw it, I knew I had to immediately have it, since this group of animals are my favorites. This short book does a great job of providing a ton of information about these animals. The illustrations are typical Dr. Suess - goofy, funny, and filled with eye-catching colors. Also throughout the book ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Surprisingly well done book that teaches kids about the stuff that makes cetaceans nifty animals. All kinds of dolphin, porpoise, and whale species were featured, and the rhyming text was only awkward in places. All in all, though, quite well done! And by the end of the story my nephew was able to distinguish dolphins from "porkuses." We'll work on that word.
It's not Dr. Seuss, and the meter is frequently abused, but there are some fun facts and drawings in this work of nonfiction for preschoolers. Favorite fact, which may just scar my son when the other kids in the schoolyard don't believe him: a killer whale is not really a whale, but rather a toothed dolphin.
I find Dr Suess to be a little like Marmite. Sometimes I even like it! Children seem to love the silliness. This (non) Dr Suess series can be tedious to but there's no denying the fact that I, as the adult, learn lots too. Hence my four star instead of three.
Sep 05, 2012 Jelisa rated it really liked it
I think this story would be great to read when discussing animals and their habitats. This story takes place at sea and I think that many students love dolphins so learning about the human-like mammals would be interesting and engaging for the children.
BONNIE WORTH is the author of countless books for young readers, among them the Cat in the Hat Learning Library books If I Ran the Rain Forest, HarK! A Shark!, Oh Say Can You Seed? (winner of the 2003 Ohio Farm Bureau Award), Wish for a Fish, Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?, Would You Rather Be a Pollywog?, Ice Is Nice!, and Safari, So Good!More about Bonnie Worth...
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