Books by Molly Baker

Released: May 1, 2011

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)Read full book review >