The illustrations and text complement each other very nicely in this creatively organized non-fiction book about marine mammals. Most of this book is dedicated to ocean marine mammals with only a brief mention of freshwater mammals like the beaver and river otter. Each page briefly and accurately explains such things as how marine mammals swim or specific types of saltwater marine mammals. There is a helpful glossary defining such terms as baleen, flukes, and slipstream. However, most helpful are the brief definitions of words like tusks and whiskers that are on most pages. These brief definitions also include descriptive illustrations. The illustrations are beautiful as well as accurate.
Author: Caroline Arnold
Illustrator: Patricia J. Wynne
Publisher: Charlesbridge 2007, Watertown, Mass.
Reviewed by: Melissa Davidson, Racine Zoological Society, Racine, Wis.