Title: My Favourite Animal: Dolphins
Author: Victoria Marcos
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Genre: Children’s, Non-fiction, Nature/Animals
Description: Learn all about dolphins in this fun and informational text. Like all books in the My Favorite Animal Series, Dolphins offers engaging facts and checks the reader’s knowledge and comprehension throughout the book.
My Review: This is a lovely book all about dolphins and is a great book for introducing these beautiful marine mammals to children. I’ve viewed a digital copy so I can’t comment on the size or the quality of the print book itself but it’s aimed at young children and filled with colourful pages.
Every page of the book is filled with colour, there are large photographs across one or two pages with text on the side or within each picture. The parts of text take on a dolphin/marine theme being grey, pale green or pale blue under the text rather than white. The start of the book has a beautiful photograph of dolphins along with the contents and the rest of the book is made up of simple facts explained alongside detailed dolphin images. The facts are easy to understand and written in a way that young children will easily grasp. Despite the seemingly simple facts there are interesting things even I didn’t know such as what the world’s smallest dolphin is and how fast dolphins can swim and dive. The book is a short one to read but along the way there are question pages that have another lovely photo of a dolphin along with a question. These questions are simple reminders to see if kids remember what they’ve read on the previous pages and are simple questions which kids should be able to answer. There is an unfortunate error on the digital copy I received via NetGalley (whether this is in the final version available to buy I don’t know) it’s on the first question which should be ‘What do dolphins breathe through?’ but my copy is missing the word ‘through’ which makes the answer on the back page seem wrong. As I said it may be a small error on my copy alone but worth checking before giving this book to kids (pointing out the missing word if it is indeed on the final version of this book).
The photographs are what really make this book special. The facts alone are interesting but it’s the photographs that appear on each page which really make this book worth getting. The photos are of the same quality as on the front cover. Every photograph features a dolphin, not all bottlenose, and many of the photos feature close-ups or some interesting positions such as one photograph, which really made me smile, features a dolphin close to the camera, near a turtle, its mouth so close you can’t help but think the dolphin is smiling and saying hi to the turtle.
The back of the book features a short glossary of terms and the answers to the questions. This is a simple and yet really lovely book to give to kids as an introduction to dolphins. I know I loved looking at photographs of dolphins as a child and just looking at such beautiful images can really inspire kids to want to know more. The facts in this book are a great introduction too, especially when read alongside looking at the pictures. The only thing I would have liked as an added extra would have been a note on the photo (or in the back of the book) of which dolphins feature in the photographs as well as a possible picture of an orca after it is mentioned in this book. However overall I think this is a lovely book and I’ll be looking into more of the ‘My Favourite Animal’ series of books.
-Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy.
No pictures were available for this review as this was a digital copy of the book.
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