The North Atlantic Right Whale

Joann Hamilton-Barry

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ISBN: 9781771087483

The North Atlantic Right Whale

Past, Present, and Future

  Author:   Joann Hamilton-Barry    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

The North Atlantic right whale, also called the “urban” whale for its proximity to industrialized regions of North America’s east coast, is one of the largest whales in the world. Averaging 14 metres, and weighing about 40,000 kilograms, it is known for its graceful tail, callosities, lack of dorsal fins, and strong bond with its young. But historically, it was known as the “right” whale to kill, and has been commercially hunted for its abundant blubber and oil since the tenth century.

Considered nearly extinct by the 1950s, the population slowly began to recover due to conservation efforts in the late twentieth-century. But commercial fishing-related deaths in recent years, including the loss of at least seventeen right whales (2% of the population) in the summer of 2017, put the species at a level of critical endangerment. The next few decades will determine whether it survives.

Offering background on the whale’s history, unique biology and behaviour, information on what is killing them and how readers can help, The North Atlantic Right Whale is an important, accessible book that will spark action and increased awareness of the plight of this majestic creature.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771087483
Item NB1445
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published on July 2 2019
Language eng
Pages 104
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 7.5(in)
Shipping weight289(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Joann Hamilton-Barry is a librarian in Saint John, New Brunswick, and the author of There Be Pirates!, the Hackmatack Award-shortlisted Oak Island and the Search for Buried Treasure, and Boldly Canadian: the story of the RCMP. She enjoys cooking and reading but her favourite activity is walking her dog with her husband and best friend, Nick Barry. Joann is the proud mother of two grown children, Alex and Hope.

Quick Quotes

"Joann Hamilton-Barry is a librarian and she has done her research. There Be Pirates! is a very high interest reference book for children, one which manages to be both factually accurate with a TON of information and also an accessible read. The glossy photos, bright colours, large font and conversational tone ensure this book is not mistaken for a traditional children's historical reference book. Hamilton-Barry covers all aspects of piracy that would be of interest to novices and fans, and I challenge even the most diehard pirate fanatic to come away without learning something new. This five star book is a must for public library shelves, teachers covering the topic in their classroom or school library, and for any child or child at heart with an interest in swashbucklers and rogues." —Canadian Review of Materials
  

"Hamilton-Barry covers all aspects of piracy that would be of interest to novices and fans, and I challenge even the most diehard pirate fanatic to come away without learning something new. This five star book is a must for public library shelves, teachers covering the topic in their classroom or school library, and for any child or child at heart with an interest in swashbucklers and rogues." —Canadian Review of Materials (Winnipeg, MB)
  

"This would be great addition to your classroom collection of non-fiction books for its general interest and for its suitability for teaching how to read non-fiction text." —Canadian Teacher Magazine
  

Award Winners & Nominees


Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards (English Non-fiction)

Shortlisted NB Book Awards - Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children's Writing


Shortlisted Rocky Mountain Book Awards