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A Book About Whales

Beyond literary stereotypes, what do we really know about whales? This is a perfect first book for young lovers of these giants of the sea.
Why are whales mammals and not fish? How is the biggest whale called? Did a whale truly swallowed Pinocchio? 

Italian author/illustrator Andrea Antinori answers some crucial questions about whales in this utterly entertaining and elegant book featuring blue text on black&white pencil illustrations.
Andrea's fun take on non-fiction takes little ones and grown ups closer to these amazing animals, dismantling myths, investigating their life and habits and introducing readers to ten great members of the family.

In literature, whales have always been a symbol of the invincible power of nature, but unfortunately their awe-inspiring size does not protect them: 6 out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered, even after decades of protection and few as 300 North Atlantic right whales remain [Source:WWF]
Whales roam throughout all of the world’s oceans, communicating with complex and mysterious sounds. Their size fills us with awe: the blue whale can reach weigh up to 200 tons, as much as 33 elephants. Despite living in the water, whales breathe air. And like humans, they are warm-blooded mammals who nurse their calves. 
Being at the top of the food chain, they are also incredibly important animals, playing a key role in the overall health of the marine environment.

Collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear (known as bycatch), climate change, pollution and poaching are huge threats to whales survival. 
The noise caused by shipping activity and oil and gas development can damage whales’ hearing, disrupting their feeding, breeding and migratory paths, while warming oceans can affect their habitats.
Despite a moratorium on commercial whaling and a ban on international trade of whale products, countries such as Iceland continue to hunt whales for their markets. Over 1000 whales a year are killed for such commercial purposes. 

A book about whales is a compendium of interesting facts about the largest mammals on earth, told with an unconventional humorous style, guaranteed to get little ones into marine wildlife encouraging more reading.
Andrea Antinori naturally tends to make the limit between fiction and non-fiction kind of blurred, it's part of his style and and that's what works extremely well with younger readers.

Andrea appeared on the IBBY Honour List 2016, and in 2017 his work was selected for the Bologna Children's Book Fair Exhibition. 
A book about whales is published in both English and Italian by Corraini.  
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Italian & English-language paperback editions published by Corraini
Reading age: 4+
Themes: Non-Fiction, Animals

Abrams Books has acquired the rights for the second English-language edition, which will be out in May. pre-order here.  


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