The Moon by Whalelight and Other Adventures among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians and Whales

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Overview

In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians, plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures.

In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians, plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With unfettered curiosity and a high degree of engagement, poet and naturalist Ackerman A Natural History of the Senses sported among penguins in subantarctic rookeries and herds of alligators on a Florida alligator farm, gathering experience with the creatures featured in these four lively, information-packed accounts. Whether writing of hunting bats in Texas caves or of swimming next to a mother whale and her calf in a Patagonian bay, Ackerman makes vivid the qualities and appeal of animals and the natural world they inhabit. Fueled primarily by her own response to the creatures, her reports also encompass hosts of facts an alligator might grow as many as 3000 teeth in its lifespan; the testes of the male right whale weigh as much as 2200 lbs., often related in a particularly revealing way, as in her observation that more people can be found in a football stadium on an autumn weekend afternoon than have ever seen the Antarctic in all of history. As commanding as the animals are the experts whose expeditions she joins--men and women, like whale expert Roger Payne, who possess extraordinary knowledge and passionate commitments to the creatures they study and work to save from extinction. Enthusiastic, free-ranging and accessible, this is popular natural-history writing at its most persuasive. Oct.
Library Journal
Four lengthy essays--expanded versions of pieces published in The New Yorker --describe Ackerman's experiences traveling to exotic places to work with field biologists studying the behavior of bats, crocodiles, whales, and penguins. Ackerman is a poet as well as a nature writer, so her prose flows gracefully and is filled with apt turns of phrase. Public library patrons interested in getting an insider's view of the sometimes arduous, risky, yet satisfying work of wildlife conservation will enjoy her book. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/91.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa.
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YA-- A unique blend of poetic essays and scientific descriptions of usually unlovely animals. Ackerman writes with the precision of a scientist and the soul of a romantic, luring readers with provocative word pictures while educating them on the importance and necessity of these animals in the global scheme of nature. She maintains that near-perfect balance of animal lore, objective study, and conservation, and includes some downright hair-raising adventures such as riding an alligator bareback and swimming face-to-face with a right whale. Her goal, to underscore man's responsibility to respond to the protection of these creatures, is met admirably. This is nonfiction storytelling at its best. --Carol Bell, Immanuel Christian School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840065926
  • Publisher: B&N Distribution
  • Publication date: 10/10/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition

Meet the Author

Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman is the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses, the bestselling The Zookeeper's Wife, Dawn Light, One Hundred Names for Love, and many other books. She lives in Ithaca, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida.
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