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The World of Marine Mammals

by Adrienne Mason

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The World of Marine Animals describes how various kinds of marine mammals have adapted to life in the water. The first few pages quickly introduce the main groups of marine mammals and the remainder of the book looks at various aspects of life in and under water. Topics covered include adaptations for swimming, finding food and eating, diving, the senses under water, social life, migration, and pollution. Adrienne Mason intersperses profiles of scientists who study marine animals with factual content about the various species. A number of hands-on activities are also included along with charts and diagrams to help clarify information presented in the text. Pencil illustrations and black and white photographs break up the text and add useful detail. The book includes a glossary, an index, and a table of contents.

Though this is not a flashy production (all illustrations are black and white and the book is printed on an inexpensive paper), "The World of Marine Mammals" contains a wealth of information for the middle grades. Using a holistic approach, Mason (herself a marine biologist) covers a lot of territory and provides an excellent overview of the ways in which marine mammals survive in their watery environment. The text is clearly written and well organized with a good mixture of quick facts (in sidebars, charts, and illustrations) and more detailed description. The profiles of various biologists provide an interesting glimpse into job opportunities in marine biology as well as the ways in which we obtain information about various wildlife species.
(Originally reviewed for the Canadian Book Review Annual)
  BiblioFool | Oct 9, 2006 |
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