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Dolphin talk : whistles, clicks, and clapping jaws
Pfeffer, Wendy, 1929-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

Physical Description:
33 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm.
Describes how dolphins communicate with each other in squeaks, whistles, and pops.
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 0.5 72787.
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Material Type
Home Location
Newstead Library QL737.C432 P49 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library QL737.C432 P49 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Central Library QL737.C432 P49 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Dolphins are smart. They are so smart that they can talk to each other. Dolphins communicate underwater for the same reason people talk on land: to let others know who they are, where they are, and maybe even how to feel. Also included are activities that explore how dolphins talk to each other.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. This attractive book from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series discusses the sounds made by dolphins. Pfeffer draws parallels between people's words and dolphins whistles, human babies' gurgles and baby dolphins' chirps, human mothers' warning words and dolphin mothers' scolding movements. Besides relating the wide range of sounds dolphins make, the author also describes how the sounds are made, their use in echolocation, and a variety of underwater noises made by whales. Davie's paintings portray the world beneath the waves with particular grace and surprising variety. The book closes with an excellent two-page diagram showing a dolphin's interior organs and bone structure. An inviting addition to science collections. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2-Beginning readers will enjoy this introductory title on dolphin communication. In addition to the creatures' use of clicks, whistles, and squeaks, the book explains how they use movements to send messages and echolocation to locate objects in the water. Pfeffer does a great job of keeping the concept understandable and comparing human and animal communication, but children may have some difficulty reading the text against the few dark pages. Davie's watercolor illustrations are pleasant and upbeat. The final spread with a labeled cross section of a dolphin is particularly informative.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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