Written by Cathryn Sill
Illustrated by John Sill
After reading this book, the reader will have a good handle on the variety of mammals that live in the oceans, as well as what makes an animal a mammal. All mammals need to come to the surface to breathe. They all give birth to live young, whether in the ocean or on shore. They all nurse their young. All are warm blooded. Some live in warm water, while some live in arctic zones. Some are predators, while some eat plants. Some are small, while some are huge.
John Sill’s vibrant yet subtle watercolors let the reader know exactly how these animals look in their natural environments. Especially instructive is the plate with the blue whale. He includes short-beaked common dolphins for scale.
The afterword and resources give second graders a great place to begin further learning. This and all the books in the “A Guide for Children” are valuable tools for elementary school classrooms.
- About Marine Mammals: A Guide for Children
- Author: Cathryn Sill
- Illustrator: John Sill
- Published: Peachtree Publishers, August 1, 2016
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 2
- Genre: Nonfiction, Animals, Nature
- ISBN: 978-1-56145-906-3
- Extras: Afterword, Glossary, Suggestions for Further Reading, Resources