How Long Is A Whale? by Alison LimentaniHow Long Is A Whale? by Alison Limentani

How Long Is A Whale?

byAlison Limentani

Picture Books | May 2, 2017

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This perfect follow-up to How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh? gives kids a fun introduction to the concept of length and the size of underwater creatures.
10 sea otters are as long as . . .
9 yellowfin tuna, which are as long as . . .
8 California sea lions, which are as long as . . .
Have you ever wondered how long a whale is? What about a shark? Or a dolphin? Alison Limentani’s extraordinary and original picture book introduces children to a fascinating world of numbers, length, and underwater wildlife.
And the largest animal of all—the blue whale—gets a big gatefold!
Alison Limentani has a degree in Animal Behavior and worked as a zookeeper before training as a veterinary nurse. She is passionate about drawing animals, and sharing her knowledge about them, which led her to complete a Master's of Art in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in England. She teaches children's ar...
Title:How Long Is A Whale?Format:Picture BooksDimensions:36 pages, 9.88 × 9.88 × 0.98 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Boxer BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910716219

ISBN - 13:9781910716212


Editorial Reviews

Limentani’s excellent How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh? (2016) explored relative lengths in forest creatures, and this follow-up highlights lengths of sea-dwelling animals. Beginning with 10 sea otters (which are as long as 9 yellowfin tuna), Limentani’s vibrantly colored block-print illustrations continue to count down, through 8 California sea lions, 7 leatherback sea turtles, and so on, all the way down to 1 humpback whale. That’s not the end, however: in a double-gatefold page, she reveals a blue whale, a creature as long as 2 humpback whales, and the sheer size of the planet’s largest animal is awe-inspiringly clear in her stunning presentation. The intricate prints of sea creatures are beautifully matched with cool, saturated colors, and the appearance of a scuba-diver adds a nice additional reference for scale. Though there are only a few words, the concepts are crystal clear in the artwork, which is ideal for the picture book set. The final spread explains her calculations, which are based on the average length of adult animals, which are all listed next to a picture of the creature. This is just as successful as her previous title, and the uncommonly good combination of animals, relative size, and light math make this a great introduction to the topics for the youngest readers.