Best kids books: The Secret World of Whales


The Secret World of Whales by Charles Siebert is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended best kids books. Melissa Gaynor explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• You’ll want to help save the whales after you read this book!
• A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will go to the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), a   nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment.
• Charles Siebert is also a journalist and a poet.
• The text is broken up into clearly defined chapters.
• Illustrations and photographs help to draw readers into the story and connect them with this powerful mammal.


Thoughtfully illustrated, with a mix of compelling photographs and whimsical pictures – my favorite is the two-page spread on pages 18 and 19 – this comprehensive study of the whale will enlighten readers, as it reveals how man’s relationship with the whale has developed over time, from fearful, to aggressive, and then to respectful. The narrative immediately captures readers’ imaginations with an account of the many ancient whale-related legends that have been passed down throughout the generations. It goes on to describe how man eventually discovered the value of a dead whale (oil for lamps, baleen for combs, and teeth for jewelry) and whale hunting became a big business. The potential extinction of the whale and the resulting regulations to limit the killings are explained. Siebert also explores the science behind the whale, including how its brain works, how it relates to people and how it communicates with other whales. Facts and figures are mixed with stories to create an easy-to-read non-fiction book that will inspire readers to do what they can to protect these animals, and should help to promote their safety in the future.”

Have your children read The Secret World of Whales? What did they think of the book?

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