Waltzes With Giants, The Twilight Journey Of The North Atlantic Right Whale
Written & Illustrated by Peter C. Stone
A selection of the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club!
Winner of the USA Best Book Awards (Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Non-Fiction)
Waltzes with Giants, The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale (Science/Nature) is a moving portrait of one of earth's largest endangered mammals. Mystical and provocative, it is inspired by a real North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and her threatened migrations from Atlantic Canada, to her calving grounds off the coasts of Georgia and Florida.
In the spirit of marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson's sea trilogy, the story evokes the wonder, the sorrow, and the conflicts associated with this member of the suborder Mysticetes (baleen whales). Blending sound science and art with a literary voice, Peter C. Stone takes us beneath the waves to reveal how we have historically decimated many species of whales and other fisheries for material gain, even though they are an integral part of the ecosystems upon which we depend.
Supported by a glossary of scientific and invented words, and a list of resource links for the North Atlantic right whale and other marine mammals, Waltzes with Giants is built upon questions. While inviting us to imagine how our consuming culture impacts the ocean with fishing gear, waste, and noise, Stone's passionate prose and "dreamy, evocative" (School Library Journal) paintings captivate readers of all ages by making science and the marvels of the oceans engaging and comprehensible.
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Praise for Waltzes with Giants
"I am just blown away by Peter C. Stone's Waltzes with Giants. He has captured the story all so well, so tragically, so beautifully..."
- Amy Knowlton, North Atlantic Right Whale Research Scientist, New England Aquarium
"Peter C. Stone's heart-wrenching Waltzes with Giants is a juxtaposition of the science of declining whale populations and the awe of these majestic animals. Often our society examines environmental issues through quantitative observations, and not through the emotions of empathy and the responsibility of stewardship. Peter's book brings Rachel Carson's sense of wonder to the plight of marine mammals by giving voice to the strong emotions of life and death in caring, loving family units. Through provocative language and visual exploration, Waltzes with Giants invites us into the immense beauty and tragic struggles of whales."
- David J. Welty, Ph.D., Science Education Specialist, Connecting Oceans Academy at the Ocean Explorium, New Bedford Seaport; Member of Massachusetts Marine Educators
"A powerful, moving story. Stone's stream of right whale consciousness goes where I have wanted to go for a long time: to a place where one can imagine what it means to be a right whale in today's tortured ocean. For we do, albeit unintentionally, torture right whales with fishing gear and vessel noise. This book gets at the reality of what we are doing to these very large mammals in our coastal waters in a way that science never will. Our consumptive lifestyle drives this conflict. There has to be a better way."
- Michael Moore, Veterinarian, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
"In Waltzes with Giants, Peter C. Stone uses the capacity of human imagination, the power of poetic language, and the tactile beauty of paint to convey the heartbreaking story of the North Atlantic right whale. It vividly beckons us to learn through the heart as well as the mind."
- Virginia K. Freyermuth, MFA, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Rhode Island College
"An amazing union of art, science and compassion!... A stunning, shocking, beautiful book."
- Amazon Customer Review
Written & Illustrated by Peter C. Stone
$17.95 Hardcover (Can. $20.95)
World (E) * CQ TK
ISBN: 978-1-62087-106-5 / 10 1/4" x 10 1/4" / 112 pages
Illustrated with 50 color paintings and 9 black & white drawings
Published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.