Whales to the Rescue: How Whales Help Engineer the Planet

Kids Can. (Ecosystem Guardians). Sept. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781525305375.
Gr 2-5–Mason introduces a book chock-full of fascinating, fun facts about whales. There are 90 known species of whale, with the blue whale the largest animal that has ever lived on the planet (its tongue weighs as much as two hippos). In well-organized chapters, students learn about whales around the world, food webs, migration, and more. The “Poop Pump” chapter will hold special appeal for young readers. Colorful, well-drawn illustrations help bring the facts to life. As part of the “Ecosystem Guardians” series, this title highlights how the animal is also important to human survival. The ocean’s 12,000 sperm whales remove 200,000 tons of carbon from the atmosphere yearly—as much as 70,000 cars! A comprehensive index, glossary, clear diagrams, and additional resources round out this title.
VERDICT Sure to be a welcome addition to school libraries and classrooms, this is an appealing and well-written title on a popular subject.

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