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Read, Andrew J.
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [1999]

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72 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm.
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QL737.C424 R435 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This top-selling series introduces the wild creatures of the world and examines the natural world. Good general introductions for ages 10+, these volumes contain the knowledge, personal experiences, and research of leading naturalists and scientists, accompanied by stunning photography. Unless otherwise noted (*), all volumes are sturdy paperback.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. WorldLife Library series titles are notable for their spectacular full-color photography and commitment to environmental awareness and conservation. Eagles details the history, physical characteristics, and behavior of many of the 60 species; how they became revered figures of myth and legend; and the threats to their existence. Inexplicably, many pages lack numbers, making it difficult to access the valuable wealth of material through the contents page and index; small print, dense, academic text, and challenging vocabulary make this comprehensive book a better choice for older readers. Porpoises describes the elusive creatures in lively, accessible prose, and easy-to-read larger print. Read explains the traits and physical characteristics of six identified species; how porpoises differ from dolphins; and special scientific methods devised for their study. The book focuses on conservation challenges and threats to porpoises' survival, such as fishing nets. Including reading lists, these titles are recommended for their depth of information; the abundance of fascinating action and still photographs provide an excellent visual resource for educators and wildlife buffs of all ages. See the Series Roundup, this issue, for a book on puffins. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-An introduction to the physical characteristics, distribution, evolution, behavior, and social structure of the porpoise. Relaying his personal experiences as well as those of his colleagues, the author presents detailed, current information on the six species of true porpoise. He also compares and contrasts this creature to its relative, the dolphin. The animal's adaptations to life at sea and how this vast, remote environment hinders scientific study are addressed as well. Since fishing practices and pollution have brought some species close to extinction, the discussion of current conservation efforts adds to the book's relevancy. While the text is best suited to middle school and up, the superb color photographs will make it popular with young nature enthusiasts. Because many books combine porpoises with dolphins, and sometimes whales, Read's single volume treatment of these graceful creatures will be a welcome addition to any collection.-Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.