Author: Lawler, Janet
Diving, feasting, twirling--catch a glimpse of the joy found in a walrus's icy home. Follow as it plays hide-and-seek with a friend, lounges on an ice floe, and demonstrates an impressive repertoire of sounds.
|Illustrator:||Ering, Timothy B|
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 514781
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/21)
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Booklist - 12/01/2021 Where is Walrus? / On a floe. / He flops. / He plops. / Where did he go? Lawler's poetic nod to these Arctic sea mammals focuses on behaviors rather than facts and figures. Walrus twirls and whirls in his fat-lined coat; later he teases a puffin and hauls himself out onto the ice; he spars with other males and emits a host of sounds; and finally, after babies are born, he returns to the ocean. Lawler's lilting text offers just enough information to pique readers' interests, leaving Ering's naturalistic, charcoal-and-acrylic seascapes to fill in the particulars. Blue-green underwater backgrounds draw attention to this enormous brown pinniped as he stirs up the ocean floor hunting for clams. Other spreads depict gray skies and gleaming white ice contrasted with Walrus as he lumbers over the ice to meet his herd. Close-ups of his bristly snout, enormous tusks, and wrinkly skin are also impressive. Appended with walrus facts that reference specific spreads, this will please a range of audiences, from squirmy toddlers enticed by the rhymes to would-be marine biologists. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Walruses have never looked more adorable. Lawler's spare text and Ering's vibrant illustrations, rendered in charcoal and acrylic paint on paper, effortlessly introduce the lovable mammal. This picture book accessibly presents information on habitat, physical features, and diet; unfamiliar vocabulary is seamlessly worked in. The lyrical and rhythmic narrative will engage readers, and the spreads on walrus songs will invite kids to imitate with gusto. This would be a prime candidate for preschool story time; the full package is begging to be read aloud. Accompanied by walrus recordings, this would be such an enriching experience in any read-aloud setting. Back matter consists of detailed explanations of walrus behavior. VERDICT Purchase for story time and STEM shelves.—Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.