Monday, April 20, 2009

Mailbox Monday... and a Wildlife Giveaway for You!!!

Halfmann, Janet.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by author Janet Halfmann, inquiring if I'd like to review a copy of her newest book, Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea. Eagerly, I agreed, after having read Little Skink's Tail, another book that she had previously authored.

Before reading this, I can honestly say I have never heard of a Narwhal. This non-fiction book for children ranging in age from 4-8 features a Narwhal. A narwhal is an Artic whale with a nine foot long tooth jutting from its head that resembles a unicorn's horn. Halfmann's newest book follows the Narwhal as it journey's from its summer home near land to its winter home deep in the Artic Sea.

The book is chuck full of information about the Narwhal and is sure to be of great interest for children who love wildlife and learning about new kinds of animals. Told in story format, children will find the reading easy, as the format is more picture-book than non-fiction. You know the information to be truthful and realistic, as the book is part of the Smithsonian Oceanic Collection! I'm definitely glad to be adding this to my (someday) classroom library! Children sponge up this information and will be sharing it with each other for days to come after reading!

Not only did Janet Halfmann personally contact me about sending a copy my way for review, she also included a paperback copy for me to give away to you! Here's what you've got to do: Leave a comment on this post no later than 11:59 EST by Friday, April 24. On the comment, share with me your favorite wildlife animal! For an extra entry, blog about the giveaway and leave another comment sharing your link! The winner will be drawn and posted on Saturday, April 25.

If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to


style='clear: both;' Deanna H. said...

I'm going to have to say the Western Screech Owl. Even though we live in a city, we had one that came and nested in our backyard tree. He (or it) was so cool. A little cute owl with yellow eyes. One day he was gone and we haven't seen him since.

style='clear: both;' quelleheure4 said...

I have always had a soft spot for polar bears. I know they're one of the most vicious and mean animals out there but I adore them.

style='clear: both;' MJ said...

Sea turtles. Watching them hatch is sooo cool!!


style='clear: both;' Amanda said...

Add my name in the pot!!

My favorite wildlife animal is probably a giraffe, I just love those...such elegant necks.

style='clear: both;' Janet said...

Katie, thank you so much for your wonderful review of my book, Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, and for holding this giveaway. It's been fun reading the comments about readers' favorite wildlife animals. I also wrote a book for Soundprints on Polar Bears titled Polar Bear Horizon, and they also appear in the Narwhal book. Happy Reading to all!

style='clear: both;' Brimful Curiosities said...

White Tailed Deer. The fawns are so very cute. I don't think I could ever be a hunter, though I do have a hunter's safety certificate. My daughter's favorite wildlife is the penguin.