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Whales to the Rescue

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I absolutely adored this book, and I know younger me would have too. Growing up, I'd tell anyone who listened how I wanted to be a marine biologist who studied whales, and my bedroom was FULL of books like Whales to the Rescue. I'd go to the library and get my hands on anything and everything that talked about whales, and I know this book would have been a favourite of my younger self.

Whales to the Rescue teaches readers more than just simple facts about whales. Yes, it discusses different feeding habits, but it also goes into detail about those food chains play off each other and affect other ocean life. It also discusses topics like climate change, carbon cycles, whaling, endangered species, and how whales help balance entire ecosystems. There's a ton of science packed into this book, and it's all explained in an easy to understand way that would resonate with children. I especially loved the glossary of terms at the end of the book, as well as the list of resources for further reading for those who are eager to learn more (again, little me would have been THRILLED at seeing more places and books to learn about whales from).

And the illustrations? Absolutely stunning. The whales and other ocean animals featured truly come to life on the pages and bring the whole book together.

Thank you so much to Kids Can Press for the digital ARC of this book!
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this little book about Whales and their great importance in protecting us from climate change. They are really our heroes and that's why it's really important for us to do our best in order to protect them from extinction. 
From this little book, I learnt about the great work that the whales are doing for us humans, about the phytoplankton and the carbon cycle. This book is interesting to read either for kids or adults.
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This was wonderfully illustrated and written in a way very accessible to children while at the same time interesting enough for an 18 year old me. 
I like the author's purpose here and i can imagine a 6 year old me loving the hell out of this book. I'll definitely try ro get this for a child interested in whales and/or science.
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Miigweetch NetGalley and Kids Can Press for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own. 

An illustrated nonfiction account of whales and the ways they impact their environment. This book has a generous amount of information about whale poop and the important role it plays in maintaining the ocean’s ecosystem, which I found both gross and fascinating, so I am sure elementary students will as well!  There are a variety of whales on display; the orcas page with the otters and octopus is my favorite. A glossary at the end of the book edifies potentially unknown words and provides additional context for the various STEM vocabulary used throughout the book.

The illustrations are really lovely, and complement the text well. I do wish that the text were formatted differently; I found the overall look of the page layouts to be somewhat squished and unaesthetic - the text placement on page seemed almost like an afterthought. 

I recommend this book for school libraries, as well as any young reader who loves to learn about animals or biological science.
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Animal and nature books are huge in our home. Whales to the Rescue was the perfect read for my kids! They loved learning all about whales and how they help our environment. The artwork was fantastic with a lot of bright colors and fun depictions of whales. I’m excited to check out other books in this series!
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From sizes to lifecycle to eating habits and more, this book is a great reference for your whale enthusiast. It's slated for ages (), but with the vivid and colorful illustrations, you could easily have discussions about this book starting from age 18 months. This book could grow with your child. 

There are other books about whales, so it may be a matter of preference. This one gives the facts in a straight forward manner, and uses illustrations. Some may prefer photographs  and more factoids. Would definitely recommend this book if you don't already have a whale reference text for your 0-12 year old. 

Thanks NetGalley and Adrienne Mason for providing an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest feedback.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for the ARC of this!

A second book in the Ecosystem Guardians series, I was so excited to read this non-fiction book with my homeschooled kids (6 & 9) This has lovely illustrations and paints a clear picture about how all living things are interconnected through food webs. It gave a beautiful and clear introduction to whales in general, explaining things like their diet, body structure and how they are made up of carbon just like us, before moving into healthy ecosystems and climate change and how whales can help us heal the world. Definitely a must read for science and climate change for the elementary aged set.
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Whales to the Rescue is a great new nonfiction book about whales helping the planet through their migration, food webs, death, and even their poop. Beautiful illustrations accompany the informative text, suitable for upper elementary. If you have a child that loves oceans, whales, and the environment, this is a must read! I will definitely be purchasing this book for our school library. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.
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This non-fiction text teaches about whales and their important role in the ocean ecosystem. From the ways that whales help other animals as part of a biome, to the ways that global warming is dangerously affecting whales and other members of their habitat, this book carefully identifies the importance of protecting whales and the environment in which they live. Additionally, the author also includes a lot of interesting content such as echolocation and food chains. The book is approximately 40 pages long and is divided into several double page spreads on different topics, making the information indepth without going into too much detail for this particular age group. Pages are not overcrowed with text, however the text is in a fairly small font, and is black on a variety of different coloured backgrounds. I found that the when the text was on white backgrounds it was easier to read, meaning that this book is somewhat accessible. The nice, large and detailed pictures are a great addition to this text and will help readers picture the animals described in the text. The book is filled with lots of great non-fiction text features such as diagrams, text boxes and an index. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 7-11 range. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book. Below is my honest review! 

Honestly, I don’t even think I’m the targeted audience for this book—but one of my best friends is a marine biologist and taught me a few things about whales. Also, I just wanted to learn about whales without being bogged down by 300+ pages. 

The best benefit to this book is that it’s super easy to read, even for a non-science person like me! There’s some jargon in here (as it should have), but it’s explained in a simple manner. And it’s written more casually, so that also adds to the easiness. 

Additionally, the pictures and background are beautiful. They don’t distract from the reading at all. Props to Kim Smith for illustrating the pages! 

Fun whale facts from reading this book: 
1. Whale poop is very important to the food system. 
2. Having more whales in the ocean can help with climate change. 
3. Some whales can live up to 200 years old! 

I also love how there’s a “How You Can Help” section at the end so that readers don’t feel completely depressed about climate change and how’s not enough whales in the oceans. 

Overall, a fun and informative read. 

Would I recommend this book? Sure!!
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My kids really enjoyed learning about whales and how they help our planet. I love whales so naturally this book appealed to me. We homeschool and this was wonderful to add to a marine biology unit!
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A great book about the importance of whales to our ecosystem! It does a great job of going through all the roles whales play in nature and the illustrations are beautiful!

I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Did you know that whales are ecosystem engineers?  I certainly didn't.  I thought this was a super cute, yet very informative book that I would love to add to our collection of STEM materials!

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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