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TRUE BLUE FRIEND (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)

Author: Cheryl Block

Illustrator: Gene Takeshita

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Publisher: Block Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young humpback whale has exploring in his blood. Despite warnings from his mother and the reluctance of his friends, he STILL wants to learn more about the fishing boats. The inevitable happens, and humpback gets caught in a fisherman's net. With the help of an old blue whale, humpback is freed ... but will he learn his lesson? This is a whale story that also has a CD with factual information about these mammals.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child has listened to us read the story several times. We haven't gotten any particular reaction one way or the other. However, when offered the CD, s/He was interested in exploring that.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice story; it moves at a nice pace. You learn something, but aren't bogged down with minutia. The CD is outstanding, offering readers information about whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but also environmental topics, too.

Pros: The book and CD offer a great story with extra factual details and activities for all ages in the target audience.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a multimedia product that will last a long time. There is excellent introductory-level science and social science, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE RAINBOW WEB (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: DOLPHINS IN DANGER (Riley's World Series®)   TAKE A BACKYARD BIRD WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)

Educational Themes: This one is all about the mammals of the sea. With the CD you can learn facts about various species, and also study more topical issues such as over-fishing, conservation, and animal protection.

Notes: iParenting Media Award Winner (2006); 2007 Teacher's Choice Award (Learning Magazine)

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, nature, interactive learning, ecology

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007

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