Whales to the Rescue: How Whales Help Engineer the Planet by Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Kim Smith

Whales to the Rescue: How Whales Help Engineer the Planet by Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Kim Smith. Kids Can Press, 2022. 9781525305375

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? This somewhat niche text is a highly engaging and extremely well researched foray into the fascinating lives of whales and their positive impact on Earth’s ecosystems, atmosphere, and ultimately the human experience. The illustrations set a tone and mood that is surprisingly realistic given that they are digitally rendered. The author digests heavy research into small bite-sized topics that are accessible to readers, exploring topics like whale food webs and migrations, the importance of containing carbon and whales’ roles in doing just that. The text closes with a call to action to keep oceans healthy and filled with food so that the whale engineers can be successful at their jobs. End matter includes a detailed glossary and index as well as suggestions for additional resources to learn more about whales.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book takes a high level concept down to a level that students are able to comprehend. While the illustrations and diagrams are accessible, the text is more dense and suited to upper elementary or middle school students. Anyone interested in whales and ecology will find this book interesting.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary and middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   599.53 

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, unless you are interested in rounding out a whale or conservation collection

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review:   November 25, 2022

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