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A Walrus World A Walrus' World
Prizes and Awards
  • Children's Literature Council of Southern California Award for The Best Written and Illustrated Suite of Nonfiction for Children, 2011
  • California Collection 2010 (California Readers)
  • Children's Projects

      Walrus Activities

      SeaWorld's teacher guides include classroom activities that help children learn about the features of a walrus and demonstrate how its large size helps it stay warm. Click HERE for an activity for grades 4-8 that uses peanut butter to test whether objects lose heat faster in water or in air. Click HERE for a singing activity about walruses for grades K-3.

      Walrus Coloring Page A Walrus World

      How big is a baby walrus? Click here for a printable picture of a mother and baby walrus.

    Books by Caroline Arnold about other animals that can be found in Alaska and the Polar Regions:
  • A Polar Bear's World
  • A Moose's World
  • A Bald Eagle's World
  • A Killer Whale's World

    You can learn about walruses and other mammals of the sea in these books by Caroline Arnold:

  • Superswimmers: Whales, Dolphins and Other Mammals of the Sea
  • Sea Lion
  • Reviews
    Feathered Quill Book Reviews, February 2010

    When springtime rolls around in the Arctic, walrus herds begin to move south toward the northern Alaskan coastline to spend the summer. There are "two main groups-Pacific and Atlantic," but this book is about the Pacific group. A walrus herd can consist of a handful of animals or can have "more than 1,000 walruses in it." Somewhere along this journey a female walrus will leave the water and climb "onto an island of floating ice" to give birth to her little baby. This baby, called a calf, is quite large in comparison to a human child and can weigh up to a whopping 160 pounds. The mother will nuzzle and nurse her calf for a few days and then it's time to enter the water. When the calf becomes tired it can easily catch a ride on its mother, who, after a few days, "will join a group of other walrus mothers and their babies."

    The foods of choice for a walrus would be things such as ocean shellfish, worms and every now and then a seal. As large as they are, these creatures are not immune from becoming a tasty snack for the polar bear and must remain on the alert. "Awk! Awk!" Sometimes the herd needs to enter the water, not to find food, but to prevent being lunch. Physically the walrus is easy to identify because of their magnificent and unusual tusks, but there are many things this equally magnificent book will teach you. You will learn about their habitat, where they live, what they eat, their physical characteristics, their animal class, their scientific name, how they raise their young, how long they live and many other interesting facts. Did you know that the males of the species actually sing? They do!

    This is one in a series of twelve books in the "Caroline Arnold's Animals" series, each one seemingly more impressive than the last. This book was well written and researched and the cut paper collage meshed very nicely with the text. The artwork was particularly appealing and made this massive animal actually look cuddly and quite loveable. I like the way the book wove factual material into the text, which was nicely presented in what I would call a storybook form. This book can be read as a story to children who can readily absorb a lot of information. This would make an excellent read aloud and discuss book in the classroom setting or could easily be used as a stepping stone for a report. There are numerous informative sidebars scattered throughout the book. In the back of the book is a world map that indicates where the walruses live, some "Walrus Fun Facts," an index, a glossary and additional recommended books and internet resources (Fact Hound). This is one interesting book you might want to consider adding to your homeschool or library shelves! Reviewed by Deb Fowler

    NSTA Recommends, April 20, 2010

    Arctic mammals are especially fascinating to children. This book series explores these mammals from birth through their first year of life. The books were written with ages 5 to 7 and grades K to 2 in mind, but older and younger children will also enjoy this series.

    Each book in this series focuses on one arctic mammal and follows it, in its natural habitat, from birth through the first year of life. Sidebars, fun facts, and maps are scattered throughout each book. Also included is a glossary, an index, a list of safe websites to explore at Fact Hound, and a map of where the animals live in the world. Included at the very beginning of the book is a listing of where the animal lives, its habitat, food, length and weight, animal class, and scientific name. Other plants and animals that would be in the animal's habitat are identified.

    A wildlife biologist served as a consultant on this book, and the facts scattered throughout are fascinating. For instance, at birth a baby walrus weighs between 100 and 160 pounds and is 4 to 5 feet long (essentially the size of a person). When it's full grown, it may weigh 2700 pounds and be from 10 to 12 feet long if male and weigh 2000 pounds and be between 8 and 9 feet long if female. Adult walruses eat up to 100 pounds of food per day, and in its first year of life, a walrus grows 4 to 5 inches per month. Male walruses sing songs to females, and they are so loud they can be heard 10 miles away. A walrus skin can be up to 4-inches thick, and its scientific name means toothed walker.

    The author uses her characteristic cut-paper illustrations, with no photos or actual pictures. While they are art, they are still accurate and appealing. I still found myself longing for a "real" picture of a walrus, but this was not enough to detract from my overall recommendation. This book is very interesting, filled with loads of information, and is highly recommended. Reviewed by Jacqueline Pfeiffer