Gr 4-6-Starting with the Inuit and the Basques, Chrisp traces the history of whaling, describing the ships, men, and equipment that were a part of the practice. He includes the invention of the harpoon cannon in 1868, the early attempts to regulate whaling, and the moratorium that went into effect in 1986. Full-color photographs, drawings, and diagrams are placed within concise text. The page layout is somewhat busy, but the large type, wide margins, and clearly set off sidebars help readers follow along with ease. This serviceable introduction will be of use for reports and recreational reading and deserves a place on the shelf alongside Carol Carrick's Whaling Days (Clarion, 1993) and Catherine Gourley's Hunting Neptune's Giants (Millbrook, 1995).-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
With a clear, simple style, chronological arrangement, and standard bibliographic aids, this picture essay in the series The Remarkable World will meet the needs of report writers, as well as students attracted to the high-interest topic. Incorporating quotations from first-person accounts, the book traces the development of whaling from ancient to modern times, covering life on a nineteenth-century whaling ship, the hunt, famous whales, and twentieth-century protection efforts. Photographs, maps, charts, and etchings, all of average quality, are interwoven with the text. The sidebars and captions expand upon the information in the body of the text. Although this doesn't have the high visual quality of such series as the Eyewitness Books, libraries needing information on the topic will find this a useful purchase.