Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Janet Halfmann with illustrations by Steven James Petruccio - Book Review

Janet Halfmann once again gives young readers nonfiction information at a fiction-like interest level with Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea. As I'd previously written about Ms. Halfmann's ability to mix imagination and science with Little Skink's Tail, I was eager to read Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea.

This is the sort of picture book young children really enjoy. It has some suspense, some character investment and lots of science information thrown in for good measure! Not only is Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea imaginative and interesting, it also has the backing of the Smithsonian Institution. The watercolor sea-hued illustrations, by Stephen James Petruccio, further enhance the telling. The end page contains information on Narwhal whales and a glossary. This is a beautiful addition to classrooms and libraries. Though geared toward 4-8 year old students, I feel older students would enjoy learning about these elusive creatures also.

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Genre: Picture Book. Age: 4-8. Pages: 32.
Themes: Ocean, Whales, Family
Publisher: Soundprints. Date: November 2008.
ISBN-10: 1592498698 / ISBN-13: 978-1592498697

Buy Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea Here

Stay tuned for Teacher Activities related to the book and a contest to win your own copy! UPDATE: Here are the activities, as promised :-)

Learn more bout the elusive Narwhal on Smithsonian's wesite.

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea is published by Soundprints Publishing. They have several Smithsonian books that look very interesting.

Janet Halfmann was rasied on a farm in Michigan. She has four children and fourgrandchildren and lives in Wisconsin. You can read more about her here and here. Thank you to Janet Halfmann for sending me this lovely book (along with another for a future giveaway on Reading Rumpus)!

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