Facts about dolphins, fancifully presented.
Eaton’s introduction to the dolphin family is enlivened by humorous, digitally colored pen-and-ink cartoon-style drawings. Each spread presents important points in one to four sentences in a thick, readable typeface. These facts include the differences between dolphins and fish, their mammalian characteristics, the tail-first birth of their calves, their ubiquity in the world’s oceans, their behavior (hunting methods and usual prey, echolocation, communication, playfulness, cooperation), and threats they face. One spread shows examples of eight of the 40 dolphin species and gives weights for the smallest and largest. Speech bubbles add information and humor, especially from a sea gull commentator. There are some human onlookers, too, a brown-skinned girl and her diverse companions. The selected facts are accurate, appealing, and important; the threats—toxic pollution, boat traffic, industrial fishing, and the changing climate—are presented lightly along with the reassuring statement “you can help by learning about dolphins and then teaching others.” The package concludes with two pages of additional information and suggestions for further research. The difference between fact and fancy should be obvious even to elementary-age readers, who will enjoy the occasional silliness.
This third in an engaging series of “seriously funny facts about your favorite animals” will both please and inform. (Informational picture book. 4-8)