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A Killer Whale's World
This title covers these subjects: Whales., Marine mammals., Dolphins.
A Killer Whale's World
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A Killer Whale's World

Describes the development of a baby killer whale to its maturity.

Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
ATOS Level3.9
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #103778
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal - Suzanne Myers Harold

"These titles trace the lives of four animals from birth to maturity. Each book reads like a story with scientific details woven into the narrative. Events described are typical and not overtly fictionalized. For example, while the panda cub waits for his mother to return with food, he watches a squirrel, two takin, and a golden pheasant. Each book begins with a few facts about the animal and concludes with a location map and a list of "fun facts." Small text boxes provide additional information without interrupting the narrative flow. Other animals common to each habitat are shown and labeled. The large, cut-paper illustrations are generally successful; occassionally, they appear awkward and flat (particularly the image of the mother panda holding her newborn). For Web sites, the readers are directed to the FactHound site with a 10-digit code to enter. A list of sites then appears, but not are all specifically related (the code for pandas brings up sites about mammals, including the American bison and beavers). These titles work well as read-alouds and provide enough factual information for simple reports." - School Library Journal

June 1, 2006

NSTA Recommends - Sarah Haines

"This is one book in a series that teaches young readers (grades K-4) about the natural history and adaptations of animals. It is both an attractive and age-appropriate choice for elementary classrooms. Penguins will motivate students and encourage them to read more. Some of the book's highlights include descriptions of classification and general body size of Adelie penguins, their behavior, morphological and physiological adaptations, and geographical distribution. The book ends with a short glossary and a list of websites and books that readers can use to gether more information about these animals. The binding is just the right size to use as a read-aloud for youngsters in grades K-2, and the attractive cut-paper illustrations are guaranteed to draw their attention. Readers in grades 3 and 4 will enjoy reading the text on their own. The content is aligned with National Science Education Standard C (Life Science) for the elementary grades and is particularly useful in its coverage of life cycles." - NSTA Recommends

April 30, 2006


Science Books & Films - Erik P. Scully

"A Killer Whale's World is part of a series on animals by Caroline Arnold. The book follows a young killer whale from birth to early adulthood. The story is used to illustrate aspects of killer whale social behavior and foraging. The book does not avoid the fact that orcas are predators, but when it mentions that they prey on other marine mammals, it does so in the context of a sea lion colony that is "safe" for the day because the pod has just fed on fish. The book has simple but elegant, text and illustrations that make it appropriate for younger readers. Brief definitions of technical terms and a glossary could be used to build vocabulary and for class discussions. There is one minor technical inaccuracy in the book: The genus and species names of the killer whale are reversed; it should be Orcinus orca. Nonetheless, the book is a good introduction to this species of marine mammal." - Science Books & Films

July 1, 2006


Cooperative Children's Book Center

CCBC Best Choices 2007

March 1, 2007

Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold is the author of 150 books for children. Her many honors include awards from the American Library Association, P.E.N., the National Science Teachers Association, and the Washington Post / Children's Book Guild. Caroline’s interest in animals and the outdoors began when she was a child growing up in Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Art, a neuroscientist.

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