WHALE PORT by Mark Foster


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Age Range: 9 - 14
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The story of the fictional New England town of Tuckanucket from 1683 to the present entwines story threads of whaling and the growth of the new nation. The appealing format of this volume, reminiscent of David Macaulay and Arthur Geisert’s best work, blends large-scale colorful art and an abundance of information. When residents of Tuckanucket realize that their future is on the sea, not on the farm, the consequent growth of their town and the whaling industry, portrayed in depth, makes fascinating reading. The Fosters present the contributions of Native Americans and African-Americans in a forthright work with many possible curricular connections. A list of websites would have been useful, as would a guide to other books on the subject for young readers, such as Jim Murphy’s Gone A-Whaling (1998) and Patricia and Fredrick McKissack’s Black Hands, White Sails (1999), but this may be the most interesting work on the subject to date. (Nonfiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-54722-7
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007


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