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DOLPHINS (Smithsonian)

Author: Seymour Simon

Illustrator: Seymour Simon

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Publisher: Collins, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dolphins are one of the world's most intelligent animals. There are many different kinds and this book tells you everything you would want to know about each one. They live in families called pods. You will also get a better understanding of the different places the dolphins live and how they adjust to their environment. This is a nonfiction picture book about dolphins.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked the pictures and enjoyed hearing about the many different kinds of dolphins and where they are found. She said she wanted to really see each kind in person one day.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book, too. You really get an understanding of dolphins and it was enjoyable to read. I was surprised she liked it but was happy that she did and then wanted to learn even more by going and seeing them in person sometime.

Pros: Great photography, easy to understand information and lots of facts make this an engaging nonfiction picture book for young learners.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an enjoyable book to share, but it is better for the school or community library ... unless your child is a dolphin fanatic!

If You Liked This Book, Try: AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)   TRUE BLUE FRIEND (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: DOLPHINS IN DANGER (Riley's World Series®)

Educational Themes: Photographs make it easy for young readers to explore this nonfiction picture book about dolphins.

Notes: The publisher/author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals stories, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009

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