Here Come the Humpbacks!

April Pulley Sayre, Author
April Pulley Sayre, illus. by Jamie Hogan. Charlesbridge, $17.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-58089-405-0
Reviewed on: 01/28/2013
Release date: 02/01/2013
In a story about a humpback whale calf, Sayre balances informative text with polished prose that lightly personifies the animals: “Head down, in deeper water, a male whale sings. His song rhymes and repeats. All the male whales in the area know this year’s song—yet they vary it, like jazz musicians onstage.” As mother and calf move from the shallows into the open ocean, they encounter other creatures and objects, which Sayre introduces in offset text about whale-watching tours, barnacles, suckerfish, chemical pollution, and more. Hogan’s charcoal and pastel illustrations subtly vary texture, light, and shades of blue to convey the changes in the submarine environment as the whales travel. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
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