Monday, February 10, 2014

Dolphins of Shark Bay (2013)

The Dolphins of Shark Bay. Pamela S. Turner. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]

I enjoy reading nonfiction with a true narrative. The Dolphins of Shark Bay has personality. This nonfiction book for young readers presents research about bottlenose dolphins in Australia's Shark Bay. But. It is done with great enthusiasm. There are plenty of general facts included, of course, about dolphins: female dolphins, male dolphins, dolphin calves, the general socialization, the mating of dolphins, various things putting the dolphins at risk, etc. But the reason why this one is oh-so-compelling is because of the personalization, the fact that individual dolphins are the focus, their personalities revealed. Big questions are explored, I suppose, one being why are dolphins so very, very intelligent. We know that they're super-smart. DID YOU KNOW that some dolphins use tools to hunt? If, like the scientists in this book, you consider a sponge-on-the-nose a tool. This book tries to examine the why of their intelligence. The book was certainly an entertaining read. I didn't love all of this one, however, I could have done without some of the evolution-talk and the illustration. But still, for the most part, well worth the time.

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1 comments:

Tea norman 11:43 AM  

I would enjoy parts of this book. I know nothing about the habits of the dolphin. Would like to learn about him. Enjoyed your review.

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