Books by Linda Nicklin

FACE TO FACE WITH WHALES by Flip Nicklin
ANIMALS
Released: May 13, 2008

This addition to National Geographic's Face to Face with Animals series introduces whales. Opening with photographer Nicklin's first research encounter nearly 30 years ago, the text goes on to describe physical characteristics, family lives and eating methods, and to touch on issues concerning their ocean environment and human encounters from hunting to whale-watching. Extensive photo captions add intriguing facts about specific species. The photographs are the main attraction here, beginning with the astonishingly close-up humpback face on the front cover and title page. Curiously, although the author makes the point that whale species can be identified by the shape of their flukes, captions for the two photos that show only flukes fail to indicate the species. As in other books in the series, the endmatter includes sections on How You Can Help (environmental protection and adopt-a-whale programs), It's Your Turn (doing research) and Facts at a Glance, as well as a glossary, suggestions for further reading and web exploration, index and research and photo notes. Complements the authors' Face to Face with Dolphins (2007). (Nonfiction. 7-10) Read full book review >
FACE TO FACE WITH DOLPHINS by Flip Nicklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

A National Geographic photographer introduces young readers to dolphins through photographs and description of their physical characteristics, family life and relations with human beings. This visually appealing presentation, part of a series of close encounters with the animal world, offers close-ups and action pictures of various dolphin species including orcas. Relying on the spectacular images to entice the reader, the authors never quite explain why young people should care about dolphins but acknowledge their playful appeal. Sidebar instruction in dolphin-like swimming and the use of a balloon to make the squeaks that are part of the species' vocal repertoire, as well as a description of dolphin play, help young readers connect. Extensive endmatter, in a smaller type font, provides information on how young readers can help dolphins (mostly through being careful about waste), tells where to see them and how to take pictures and provides more detailed facts about the species. Pair it with Kathleen Dudzinski's Meeting Dolphins (2000) from the same publisher. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)Read full book review >