- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Red Deer Press (Jan. 13 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0889955425
- ISBN-13: 978-0889955424
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Big Blue Forever: The Story of Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton Hardcover – Jan 13 2017
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"The largest animal to ever live is one of the hardest to see. There aren't many Blue Whales left in the world, and they spend their time under water, so most people have never seen one. But thanks to a remarkable team of scientists, who don't mind working in smelly, messy conditions, a 150 ton, fully grown whale has been raised from the grave and put on display for all to see. This book tells the astounding tale of skinning an animal larger than a dinosaur, moving it across the country, then hanging its re-assembled skeleton from the ceiling. An amazing accomplishment."
— Bob McDonaldOC, author, journalist and Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks
"The book is actually two stories. It starts with a view of the windswept Prince Edward Island shoreline. The following spreads show Big Blue's carcass, the area where she was buried, and shots of the crew as they dig her up, move her across the country, and figure out how to prepare her skeleton for display. This section would make a fascinating read aloud for primary and junior students. It's followed by a text-dense section that repeats the basic story, this time with additional facts students can use to research the story of Big Blue, blue whales in general, and the challenges that all whales face in today's world. This section is illustrated by thumbnail photographs with clear captions that make the text accessible to challenged readers. Having a double story like this increases the value of Big Blue Forever for school use, making it a recommended title. Student researchers will appreciate the list of related web sites. Gifted students will be particularly interested in the author's bibliography."
— Resource Links
"The science behind the process of rebuilding and transporting the skeleton is undeniably interesting, as are the numerous accompanying photographs."
A finalist for the 2018 Reading Lights program
2018-19 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award nominee
On the CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens list for 2017
Nominated for the 2018 Silver Birch Express Non-Fiction Award
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