Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist

Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist

by Peter Lourie

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ISBN-13: 9780544582415
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 669,064
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)
Lexile: NC1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Peter Lourie is an author and photographer. He has published more than twenty books for young readers. He lives with his family in Vermont.

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Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Michelle_Bales on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is the story of a year in the life of John Craighead George (Craig), a whale scientist who lives in Barrow, Alaska among the Inupiaq Eskimo people. The Inupiat are an indigenous people who are allowed by law to hunt bowhead whales as they have for thousands of years. Author Peter Lourie details how Craig has over the years earned the respect and trust of the Inupiat so that he may live among them and gather important data on the whales they catch before they divide them up and use them. One almost feels as though one has been to Barrow and seen the whales after viewing the very informative and well integrated photographs. In a science classroom, this book would be helpful in getting students to understand the sacrifices some scientists make in order to follow their passion (i.e. living in a remote and isolated region), how scientists must work hard to earn the trust of different peoples, how scientists can learn much from indigenous people, as well as information about the life cycles and behaviors of bowhead whales.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Following a year in the life of John Craighead George (son of children's author Jean), this book describes the Inupiat process of hunting and harvesting bowhead whales and how scientists piggyback on their hunts to study the whales. It provides an interesting look into a place and people that kids might not know much about. It combines well-researched information with great photos to bring another scientist to life for tweens - just what we've come to expect from the Scientists in the Field series.