The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond is a lovely educational children’s book. While at first glance the book appears to be a picture book, it isn’t actually a fictional account. Instead, the book is full of facts concerning Blue Whales. Children will learn how they breathe, what they eat, how large they are, and their migration patterns, just to scratch the surface. All of this information is accompanied by large, colorful illustrations that follow a young boy across the pages as he absorbs the information along with the reader.
The book is a little bit meta, beginning and ending with the child reading a copy of The Blue Whale himself. The pictures throughout illustrate the various facts that are described, such as showing a pile of fifty-five Hippopotami to demonstrate the average weight of a full grown Blue Whale. The only downside to this book is that the facts come across a bit too clinical, and don’t appear to have been tweaked to be easier absorbed by a younger child. Due to this, the age appropriateness of this book falls closer to the end of the 4 to 8 years recommendation. Even so, the illustrations are lovely, and children always surprise us with what they manage to retain.
All said, The Blue Whale is a visual treat, and a wonderful source of information for young minds.
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