Whaling Season

A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [Scientists in the Field]

By Lourie, Peter

Publishers Summary:
Not all scientists live where they work, harvest their own subjects, or use information passed down from generation after generation of Inupiaq Eskimos to help learn about the bowhead whale. Arctic whale scientist Craig George is the son of children’s author Jean Craighead George, and out on the ice with the whales and the whalers in Barrow, Alaska is where this Arctic whale scientist works. He has studied them for nearly thirty years and the mysteries these creatures hold never fail to amaze him. Join Craig at the top of the world, where the days and nights are long, the people full of stories, and the bowhead whale is at the center of it all

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ISBN
978-0-61877-709-9
Publisher
Houghton


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2010

Gr 4-8 Lourie skillfully describes the delicate three-way relationship that exists among the Iñupiat of Alaska, the bowhead whales, and the scientists who are there to collect data and study the animals. The Iñupiat have hunted bowheads for thousands of years and their very existence depends upon the harvesting of the leviathans. The scientists are there to determine whether the whaling done by these communities is sustainabl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Craig George is a whale biologist with the Department of Wildlife Management who has lived and worked in Barrow, Alaska, for over thirty years. He works in concert with the Inupiaq community documenting the bowhead whale population and Inupiaq hunts. These data propel scientific investigations but also keep the Inupiat in compliance with International Whaling Commission regulations. Lourie brings us to the busy April hunting season, where George and his te...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Whale biologist Craig George works with the Inupiaq community documenting the bowhead whale population and Inupiaq hunts. Lourie conveys Geo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 19, 2009

- The subject is fascinating, especially the connection between science and tradition in both the whale hunt and the study of whales. - Joh...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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