How whales walked into the sea

by McNulty, Faith.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Non Fiction J 599.5138 M235
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 599.5 Mcn
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History Education QL737.C4 M37 1999
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The ancestors of the modern whale lived on land. Brimming with brilliant watercolor artwork, this book explores the fascinating evolution of the earth's biggest animals.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2^-4 . Children are often fascinated to learn that ocean-dwelling whales are really mammals that give birth to live young and breathe air. McNulty recounts how mesonychids, wolflike carnivores that had more success finding food in water than on land, gradually evolved into today's giant cetaceans. She describes a few intermediary species that existed along this evolutionary path and surveys several kinds of modern whales. Rand's mixed media artwork will help young readers visualize these ancient creatures and their environment; the use of a light blue border along the bottom and sides of each spread keeps readers apprised of sea levels during various eras. Appended with some basic facts about living whale species, this will be welcomed by browsers and report writers alike. --Kay Weisman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The team behind the intimate view of A Snake in the House takes a more objective, long-range look at whales in this clear account of the mammals' complex evolution. Beginning 50 million years ago, when the antecedent "whales" were furry, four-legged land animals wading shallow waters to forage for fish, McNulty touches on evolutionary milestones leading up to the exclusively water creatures we know as whales today. The feet of land-roaming mesonychids become broader, paddlelike; ambulocetus, the "Walking Whale," comes ashore only to rest and give birth; rodhocetus, the "Hardly Walking Whale," takes on a tapered silhouette with a fin-like tail. Despite a few anomalies (e.g., How did the nostrils become a blowhole on top of the head?), McNulty effectively demonstrates that modern whales carry recognizable remnants of their ancestors ("Inside whales' flippers are arm, wrist, and finger bones"). Although unambiguous and forthright, the text is dense and perhaps best approached with a clear understanding of evolutionary principles (a time line, for instance, would have been helpful). McNulty's straightforward prose concludes in searching questions: "We know [whales] think and have feelings.... Does the whale still have some of the feelings of a land animal...? Does the whale still love the sun?" Rand's arresting and expansive watercolors offer additional, subtle physical changes not mentioned in the text, and his dramatic portraits of orca and sperm whales, especially, will please any fan of these giant mammals. Ages 7-10. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Whales -- Evolution -- Juvenile literature.
Whales -- Evolution.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,1999
Contributors Rand, Ted.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0590898302 (hc.)
0590898310 (pbk.)
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