Onboard a vessel that would make Jacques Cousteau green with envy, the Cat and Co. take to the high seas in search of whales, dolphins, and porpoises—those aquatic mammals known as cetaceans. While learning how cetaceans stay warm without hair, have teeth or baleen, swim in troops, spyhop, spin, breach, and see via ecolocation, kids are introduced to almost 20 different species—including sperm, right, humpback, and blue whales; Gulf, spectacled, and finless porpoise; and boto, common, hourglass, and bottlenose dolphins. A shipshape selection for summer reading!
“The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library shows young readers that books can be entertaining and educational at the same time. This is a wonderful series!” —Barbara Kiefer, Ph.D., Charlotte S. Huck Professor of Children’s Literature, Ohio State University
Legend has it that when Dr. Seuss began his "The Cat in the Hat Learning Library," his standards were so stringent that a great and established writer like Truman Capote was rejected and couldn't write a children's book for Seuss. This tradition of quality writing plus colorful and whimsical illustration continues with this book. While the young reader is reading about Captain McElligot's boat, the Cetacean Station and joining the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Two and the two children from the Cat's earliest adventures, he/she is also learning about marine mammals, toothed and baleen whales, the difference between dolphins and porpoises, whale habitat, reproduction, behavior, and so on. While many drawings are whimsical, illustrations of the marine mammals are true and detailed. The book includes a simple glossary and suggestions for further reading. What an enjoyable introduction to whales, dolphins, and porpoises for young readers!