NRDC The Secret World of Whales

NRDC The Secret World of Whales

by Charles Siebert
     
 

The Secret World of Whales takes readers deep into the history of human encounters with whales. In conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Charles Siebert illuminates the latest research on these gentle giants. Readers will discover scientific findings that suggest that the human brain and the whale brain are surprisingly similar. They

Overview

The Secret World of Whales takes readers deep into the history of human encounters with whales. In conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Charles Siebert illuminates the latest research on these gentle giants. Readers will discover scientific findings that suggest that the human brain and the whale brain are surprisingly similar. They will dive into stories from fiction and legend, as well as real-life tales of ships raised in the air on the back of a whale. With masterful storytelling and impressive photographs, this comprehensive book brings new light to the mysterious underwater world of whales.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this small-format volume, Siebert creates a concise introduction to whales, addressing myths and stories, the history of the whaling industry, communication and intelligence, and encounters between whales and humans. With playful, anthropomorphic cartoons, striking photographs, and a discussion of the dangers facing whales—noise pollution from boats, potentially lethal sonar—readers should gain a vivid impression of their behavior in the wild, as well as an appreciation for their majesty. Ages 8–12. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Siebert shares fascinating tales about whales in folklore, literature, and history and then focuses on the incredible value of these loving, intelligent mammals with an interesting form of communication. He discusses the similarities between the brains of whales and humans as well as other scientific research. The effect on whales of human contact is a theme. For example, sonar and underwater air guns (to drill through the ocean floor) can cause whales to have internal bleeding and become stranded on beaches. Colorful illustrations outlined in ink support the fascinating, often poetic text. Black-and-white and color photos are included as well, some so clear that readers can even see the veins in the hand of a woman touching a baby gray whale.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
From the Publisher
"An engaging and worthy read" - Kirkus Reviews"

Siebert shares fascinating tales about whales in folklore, literature, and history and then focuses on the incredible value of these loving, intelligent mammals with an interesting form of communication . . . Colorful illustrations outlined in ink support the fascinating, often poetic text." - School Library Journal"

Readers should gain a vivid impression of (whales) behavior in the wild, as well as an appreciation for their majesty." - Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

Straightforward text explores many facets of whale knowledge, from myths and legends to modern efforts of preservation and protection. The history of whale hunting describes the astonishing array of products made from whales. Ironically, for years much of what was known about these massive mammals was learned from their hunters. In more recent times, scientific research continues to fascinate, as new discoveries are made by people interested in protecting whales. The whale's brain is remarkably similar to that of a human, for instance, and scientists now know that whales communicate, use tools and have self-awareness—all factors that help in their conservation. While hunting is banned in most regions nowadays, whales face a new threat: sonar, air guns and other disruptive man-made noises in the oceans. Siebert makes very clear why whales are valuable and are in need of safekeeping. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Baker's simple line drawings show texture and detail, while the palette accurately reflects the animals in nature. Photos and archival illustrations with captions supplement the artwork. The design is whimsical without overwhelming, giving it a breezy quality. Its use as an academic resource is limited by an absence of backmatter, but it is still an engaging and worthy read and may well spur further exploration.(Nonfiction. 7-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811876414
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/20/2011
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Siebert is a New York City-based journalist and poet who has written four books and contributed to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, among others. His fascination with whales developed during a 2009 trip to Baja, Mexico, where he had many face-to-face encounters with Pacific gray whales.

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