A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of dolphins, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these marine mammals.
Part of the Spotlight on Nature series
The sheer variety that exists among nature and its inhabitants is on full display in the "Spotlight on Nature" series (8 titles), which follows different animals through their life cycles. Featuring striking photographs and with material pleasingly laid out against crisp white backgrounds, these oversized volumes open with the birth of an animal, outline the challenges they face growing up, and explore their habitats and abilities. While Dolphin discusses several of the species in this marine family, including orcas and river dolphins, it focuses primarily on Atlantic spotted dolphins and the ways in which they communicate. The volumes that feature multiple species (Dolphin and Eagle especially) could have benefited from labels on their images, but the information in each is strong and presented clearly and accessibly. Each book contains a “featured family,” and the text is interspersed with anecdotes, while a time line of growth milestones runs along the bottom. Clear and concise.
–Maggie Reagan, Booklist, 01/01/2020