Oh thank you, that helps to hear because I’ve struggled so much with blogging this past year. And yet, days later, after I return home to San Francisco, I can’t stop thinking about it. Having visited the zoo and learnt about non-fiction texts try one of the following: 1) Write a non-fiction page based on one of the animals you (hopefully) saw at the zoo. Oh that makes me so happy to hear!! Loading... Save for later. I’ll see if I can watch it somewhere. ← Back to Non Fiction books Whales. Pages in category "Fiction about whales" The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. Occasionally the philosophical musings resonate, like some lines about the “hauntedness that stems from regret” that stopped me in my tracks, but most of the time they felt melodramatic. I’m afraid enough to go with full scuba gear. That just seems to me like your body saying “nope, shouldn’t be doing this.” But the author portrays really well why it’s still so meaningful to people to attempt (some of it is pure competition, which, eyeroll, but there’s more to it scientifically too). Making Inferences from Pictures 2 . Like Ishmael, I was drawn back to the sea; wary of what lay below, yet forever intrigued by it, too. Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help in other subjects. Have you read any of these? If you buy through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. They see less of their world, because we see more of ours.”), This feels primarily about the long-term ripple effects of pollution and human damage to the natural world. He demonstrates, brilliantly, why it captivates. The whales on the bus ride round the town, Round the town, round the town. Created: Jun 3, 2013 | Updated: Jan 20, 2015. “We struggle to understand the sprawl of our impact, but there it is, within one cavernous stomach: pollution, climate, animal welfare, wildness, commerce, the future, and the past. Those books sound fascinating. Inhabitants of the sea is a marine life early non-fiction book, suitable for kindergarten and early grades. Sunday Praise: What’s Made Me Happy This Week. Andrea Antinori’s whimsical black-and-white illustrations bring their underwater world to life. Have you seen the movie The Big Blue? Thanks for your support! This is so so nice to discover, I’m happy that my recommendation inspired you to read the book and even more books on the topic, and now I get great recommendations from you! Read more . Maybe the yearning to be elsewhere and if that elsewhere is as far-feeling as possible from the world as we know it, all the better. Is there other good ocean or whale-centric nonfiction you can recommend? One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017HHY34M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_xweEFb8T7426Z, Ok I am weird, but I really laughed when I read your line, “ blood coming out of every hole on your head, basically.“ . Year 2 English. Discerning between a cows and calves, discussing feeding habits, and listing the ninety species of whales around the world, this book is a perfect addition to a science-loving child’s home library. The cornerstone of the book are his numerous paintings of a variety of whales. This reading comprehension includes interesting facts about whales. Its appearance and its disappearance are significant. I couldn’t remember who had posted about it this summer though…if it was you, thank you SO much for that recommendation! is the third book in author Sarah Thomson’s I Can Readseries, featuring full-color photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society. Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards. But I make an exception here and there and that one does sound really interesting! Making Inferences from Pictures 5. There’s a lot around Moby Dick, which, although it’s a book I’m never interested in reading, I find surprisingly interesting to read about. The presence of technology interferes with natural sounds and systems and disturbs underwater life in a way that doesn’t allow us to observe it as it is (more on noise disturbances in one of the whale books). list created June 30th, 2013 This short book describes popular sea creatures such as sea horses, octopus, clown fish, dolphins, manta ray, star fish, and sea turtles. Yay, I’m so glad I could introduce you to all of them! I was fascinated by “Deep”, especially by whales, and I want to read more about this topic – now I know what to read next! Think about appearance, habitat, how they move and fun features. Author: Created by loulabell86. So the possibilities of freediving are intriguing from a scientific standpoint as well as the sporting aspect. Your post made my day! Its cultural significance is massive, and perhaps wider reaching than you might imagine. It seems like a death wish. Nestor’s look at what scientists have learned about dolphins’ communicative abilities was mind-boggling: they address each other by name, and “speak their names when they approach humans.” How amazing is the world sometimes? Reading comprehension worksheet. Inside the whale, the world.”. The marvel of whales, that they even exist and have long represented so much to us about the world even as we destroy them and treat nature terribly is indeed an awe-inspiring web of topics to consider, but I didn’t always follow her leaps to these musings. Understand differences between fiction and non-fiction, read, answer and write questions and produce factual texts. Though some of the work is now out of date with recent research (the book was published in 1969) it brought to light some of the problems facing whale populations and what we as humans could do about them. In the Heart of the Sea is the story of the whaleship Essex, whose voyage went on to inspire Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick. A Book About Whales More information An excellent gift for the whale-lover in your life, A BOOK ABOUT WHALES is a treasure in the ocean of children’s non-fiction books. . It was definitely you then, that was the only place I’d seen it mentioned I got it from the library right after that, you had made it sound so good and it didn’t disappoint. Join us at the Storytime Castle for lots of great children's stories read out loud. published 2014 by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Amazon). book review, investigative journalism, narrative nonfiction, science, biology, climate change, ecology, environment, freediving, ocean, pollution, sea, sports, whales. This is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book all about the blue whale. The books deal with the world and the environment around us, with our past and our present. Jam-packed with things on wheels and a whole lot of crazy creatures, this zany adventure provides endless fun for fans of planes, trains, cars, buses and animals of all kinds! Perhaps I should give The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea a try. Great selection of books! I have been fascinated by free diving ever since I watched it ages ago. I love this and added all of these to my TBR! While searching for “where commonalities can be sought with the past, and between cultures, and how to remain compassionately engaged with distant, unmet things,” Giggs travels and explores how we interact with whales and what impact this has on life, past and future included. Making Inferences from Pictures 3. It’s definitely worth the read! Year 1 children read gorgeous books about tigers, whales, sharks and polar bears. She seemed equally moved and disturbed by it, which led her to explore the question of what whales indicate about the ocean’s state, how they reflect it and always have: “Whales were how the western environmental movements first learnt to tell a story as big as the world.”. Freediving, I learned, is one of the most dangerous adventure sports in the world. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale by Marcus Pfister (784 copies) Dear Mr. Blueberry (Aladdin Picture Books) by Simon James (712 copies) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home by Vonda N. McIntyre (711 copies) Whales on Stilts! Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of divers are injured or die every year. that I never made the connection between J.M. Deep tells so many fascinating side stories in addition to exploring freediving and profiling its adherents. Do they live alone or in groups? ( Log Out /  Nestor puts it thusly: “If you compare the ocean to a human body, the current exploration of the ocean is the equivalent of snapping a photograph of a finger to figure out how our bodies work.” It can seem this is a time when we have so much figured out about how the world works, and although I knew oceans are still vastly unexplored, I didn’t realize how much was actually unknown, including about marine life. (I spend way too much time on these, honestly, so again, it makes me so happy that someone enjoys it!!). 27. This list may not reflect recent changes . 29. Non-fiction layout features: Title Page number Heading with a question What else can you spot…? But it’s impossible to just elide this from the history of our interactions with them. Norway, Russia, and Japan remain major offenders, and consider that “in 1951 alone — one hundred years after Melville’s book appeared — more whales were killed worldwide than New Bedford’s whale-ships took in a century and a half of whaling.”. I laughed too, but that’s the gruesome truth of it! Like Deep, this is another book built on fascinating segues and side stories as it varies between travel and nature writing through history, biology, and memoir. And I can’t believe, I CAN’T BELIEVE! Three Books of Ocean and Whale Nonfiction, The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, Carl Hoffman on the Religious Fervor of MAGA Rallies and Bob Woodward on The Wrong Man For the Job, Exceptional Essays: The Unreality of Memory; Here For it, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017HHY34M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_xweEFb8T7426Z. A stirring tale of travel and discovery, this John Steinbeck novel is considered his best non-fiction work. A Book about Whales - Acting as a first book of whales, A Book About Whales teaches young readers everything they need to know about the largest mammals on earth: how they have evolved over millions of years, what and how they eat, their migration patterns, and more! List their responses in the fiction and nonfiction columns. The writing is excellent; he keeps a narrative thread even while jumping topics, and imbues it with so much personal passion that it’s contagious. Reading comprehension - Whales (non-fiction) Year 2 English. Students read the text a Still upsetting, but it’s history worth confronting. Make a list of the layout features a non-fiction book may have. Nonfiction November: Year in Nonfiction – What's Nonfiction? The book is both fun and full of surprising information about this wonderful creature." Wild Orca by Brenda Peterson is the story of one of the oldest whales in the world and her journey with her family each year. It was humbling. Making Inferences from Pictures 1. Students are asked to read through the passage and answer the accompanying study questions. This includes the importance of whalefall, when a whale’s carcass filters down through the oceanic ecosystem; Giggs’ powerful experience whale-watching, feeling how time stops near whales, and whether they can watch us (perhaps my favorite section); the disturbing trend of selfies taken with beached sea mammals; and ideas around consumer culture, including how international trade has affected ocean life through things like anthrophony — the impact of human sounds on these highly noise-sensitive animals (“the cost of this daily traction, our pulling the far-away close, is borne by the animals below. Acting as a first book of whales, A Book About Whales teaches young readers everything they need to know about the largest mammals on earth: how they have evolved over millions of years, what and how they eat, their migration patterns, and more! I’ve enjoyed the first few chapters of Moby Dick several times (and never got further than that), but I’m definitely interested in reading more about the whale in the cultural imagination. I’ve just checked the post and you commented there, saying it’s the first time you hear about it and you would like to read it. You must have a goodreads account to vote. Since we’ll all be seeing (and hopefully loving) this epic historical tale this winter, let’s do our research and know a little something about whaling and sailing before we get there. Amazing Whales! Reading comprehension: Whales (non-fiction) 4.6 25 customer reviews. Loved your reviews! So glad I could introduce you to them!! Tuned in to some unseen circuit of food and communal intent, they knew instinctively where they were, while we wonder constantly what on earth we are doing.” (published 2010 by Ecco). The text is informative and filled with interesting details and the engaging illustrative style gives the book an almost story-like appeal. No, I don’t think I’ve heard of the movie. You may wish to do some further research about the animals to help you. Why are so many whales in danger? For as long as there have been humans, the whale has been a portentous animal. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This series of informative picture books answers the questions young children. Oh I think I would be completely unnerved by the cave diving book too. Hoare underscores that basic truth — we know so little about whales; we even knew what Earth looked like from space before we knew how a whale looked swimming underwater: The first underwater film of sperm whales, off the cost of Sri Lanka, was not taken until 1984; our images of these huge placid creatures moving gracefully and silently through the ocean are more recent than the use of personal computers. Do you mostly watch documentaries? One such favorite detail: the story of JFK’s engraved whale tooth, a Christmas gift from Jackie that ended up placed in his coffin, which Hoare calls “a potent act: the king of Camelot interred with the talisman of a heroic age; a relic invested with the power of its original owner.”, Although it has its less luminous spots, I mostly found this a sensitive, eye-opening natural history. Australian writer Rebecca Giggs began researching whale and human interactions after seeing a humpback stranded on an Australian beach. Yes, I do watch mostly documentaries. . 16.95. Topics that I always appreciate learning something about, but I’m not sure why I felt such a pull now. We knew what the world looked like before we knew what the whale looked like. I’d read some so-so reviews of it after buying it years ago which kind of dampened my enthusiasm for getting to it, but I ended up really enjoying it. Giggs uses the whale, often the dead one, as both metaphor and literal depiction of how humans are changing the natural world. ( Log Out /  Deep was such a fascinating read, I really recommend it. This was touted as poetic nature writing, and at times it was, but generally I found the style distractingly overwritten, even confusing. How do whales breathe? Ellis' book on sharks is probably better known than this book on whales, but both are great. We publish books that matter — narrative and literary nonfiction on important topics, ... and translated fiction. One Breath looks great and I hadn’t heard of it, thank you!! The book is called ‘ A Book About Whales ‘ and is written by Andrea Antinori and is such a wealth of information about these fascinating creatures. LOG IN. There is some really good information on their migration patterns which I find fascinating. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 25. Looking forward to more bookish exchanges in the future! The book helps children to get a sense of the sheer vastness of these creatures, comparing their size to relatable everyday objects like vehicles or milk bottles. 28. Reading comprehension - The Tale of Peter Rabbit. ( Log Out /  It had a lot of unexpected topics and really, the history and culture around Moby Dick is very interesting. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Each book covers the habitat, characteristics, and behaviors of a … I really enjoyed it. Read 166 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This book covers whaling somewhat extensively, which is an upsetting topic but I got a graphic introduction to it in one of my favorites, In the Heart of the Sea, so it wasn’t as shocking. He traveled to the former Massachusetts whaling villages of New Bedford and Nantucket, among other locales of historic importance in human-whale history, and eventually swims with whales himself. The diving is totally fascinating but I’m with you, I would NEVER. I started on this ocean-reading kick after enjoying two of Rachel Carson’s books, but also in anticipation of the highly lauded Fathoms: The World in the Whale, which drew comparisons to Carson and Annie Dillard. Journalist James Nestor learned of it while working in Greece, encountering the world of competitive freedivers — people who take a single breath and descend into the ocean’s depths sans equipment except sometimes fins, staying under for up to four minutes. Some subjects are familiar to them, others are less familiar. Andrea Antinori’s whimsical black-and-white illustrations bring their underwater world to life. Jonathan Bate on a whale watcher who … These books are a mix of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction that all pay tribute to the beauty, mystery, and power of the oceans to capture our imaginations and fascination. Miss Roe and Miss Thornton will start you off! In a playful and clever way, these books tell children what they want to know! 26. "* Learn the answers to all these questions and explore much more about the gentle giants of the sea. Year 2 English. I love the sound of the Philip Hoare book! Deep sounds like an interesting book. Year 2 English. Preview. And if they don’t die they can still have horrible effects — blood coming out of every hole on your head, basically. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of divers are injured or die every year. The Soul Of An Octopus is an Amazon best seller that focuses on the intelligent and often mysterious lives of octopus to discover what makes them such charming, elusive and alien oceanic creatures. I like reading about the creepy things you’d see; not sure I could face them myself. Communication is a big topic, connected to how freediving can open up new channels. 30. It blends memoir, science, adventure, and natural and technological history with competitive freediving as the springboard. 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