Whale Trails, Before and Now
Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
"My father and I live for the sea. He is the captain of the Cuffee Whale Boat and today I am his First Mate."
Whale-watching is a hugely popular pastime: at least 13 million people take whale-watching trips each year. But in the past, whaling ships hunted these animals to use their blubber for fuel and their bones for fishing hooks. As the whale population thinned, fortunately hunting ceased. Now, whale lovers go out on boats just to get a glimpse of these giant endangered creatures.
Narrated by a little girl out on the waves with her father, this is a story of marine history and the differences between then and now.
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
Praise for Whale Trails, Before and Now
A CBC NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
CCBC Award Master List Selection
“A captivating and informative picture book with an intriguing dual focus.” —Booklist
“A young girl and her father are first mate and captain, respectively, on a family-owned whale-watching vessel . . . This book further explains the various tools whalers used, their life on boar ship, and the products harvested from captured whales.” —School Library Journal
“Comprehensive author's notes help emphasize the pronounced shift from fearing whales to revering them.” —Publishers Weekly
“Karas' pictures are not only engaging but packed with visual information that effortlessly supplements the text.” —BCCB-