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Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist (Scientists in the Field)

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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 thebowhead 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, Alaskais where this Arctic whale ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published November 23rd 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 19th 2009)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'm on a mission to read as many of the Scientists in the Field series as I can, and this is one of them. Peter Lourie writes about the work of John Craighead George (sound familiar? yes, it's children's author Jean Craighead George's oldest son) in Barrow, Alaska, as he researches the bowhead whale. He and his wife Cyd, also a whale researcher, live with the Eskimos there, and take specimens from every whale they kill. They also do aerial counts, and have determined that Eskimo whaling is susta ...more
Oct 28, 2015 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it
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The life of an Arctic whale scientist. John Craighead George. Alaska. In his recent presentation about adventure writing, Peter Laurie emphasized that appeal of his career lay in the information he learned, the people he met, and the places he visited. The same holds true for me in my reading of his nonfiction text, Whaling Season.

It takes years to become a whale scientist. As part of this position, one tries to answer questions about the unique biology of whales. In March, the itch begins for w
Becky B
John Craighead George, known as Craig to friends, is a scientist living in Barrow, Alaska. John's main job there is to research the bowhead whale, a whale integral to the life and culture of the Iñupiaq who also live up there. The Iñupiaq hunt the bowhead whale in the spring and fall, using all of it's parts for food and tools. Craig, the Iñupiaq, and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) have a deal, after a bowhead whale is harpooned by someone in the tribe, Craig is allowed to ask them i ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Peacegal rated it did not like it
“Save the whales” becomes “eat the whales” within the pages of Whaling Season, a nonfiction book directed toward older juvenile readers. Although purporting to inform readers about scientists studying the bowhead whale, Season is primarily a polemic in favor of hunting and killing whales.

The book follows John Craighead George, a researcher who lives alongside Inuit whalers, inspecting the butchered remains of the animals’ bodies. The book takes essentially the same position as the Japanese whali
Nathaniel Chattic
Dec 14, 2009 Nathaniel Chattic rated it it was amazing
Grades: 4th - 6th

I enjoyed reading this book mainly because I was "transported" into a different world. I think young readers will benefit from receiving a rich story following John Craighead George, an Artic whale scientist, and his adventures in the Artic. The photography is captivating, informing the reader of certain processes Craig and his team go through, as well as the scope of the environment and animals that surround them. The book also has a nice glossary and index, making things easy
Nov 25, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
Genre: Informational

Summary: This book depicts the life of scientist Craig George, the Inupiaq people, and the bowhead whale.

A. As an informational book, this book delivers.

B. This is a great read because it has an immense amount of information on the bowhead whale, the Inupiaq community, and the scientist featured in the book, Craig George. Also, the author uses pictures and diagrams to clarify information presented in the text. At the end of the book their is a vast glossary and index to expl
Apr 10, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A great book for middle school readers especially if they are interested in science and/or whales. The pictures match up with the text and the whole thing gives a glimpse into life at the top of the world. I also like the emphasis the book gives to the scientists and the elders working together, both in the present and in the past. I think it might be a little glamorized, just a little.
Abby Johnson
Dec 20, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Following a year in the life of John Craighead George (son of children's author Jean), this book describes the Inupiat process of hunting and harvesting bowhead whales and how scientists piggyback on their hunts to study the whales. It provides an interesting look into a place and people that kids might not know much about. It combines well-researched information with great photos to bring another scientist to life for tweens - just what we've come to expect from the Scientists in the Field seri ...more
Apr 12, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it
This book provides a look into the lives of the residents of Barrow, Alaska and their dependence on the bowhead whale as seen by an arctic whale scientist. Great photographs will engage the reader and the glossary will help them understand the many technical terms. The scientist in the book is John Craighead George, son of the children’s author Jean Craighead George.

Feb 12, 2010 Lucia rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting look at whaling with the research that comes along with the first whaling of Spring each year in Barrow, Alaska.

great book of facts and photographs!!!

Whale blubber, anyone?
Aug 06, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
I think my interest and enjoyment of this book were enhanced by just having seen Whales/Tohora a major exhibit on whales and whaling in the South Pacific at the Museum of Science.
Aug 13, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Yet another great addition to the Scientists in the Field series. I love all of these books. Be warned, though, this one may be a bit much for those who are squeamish.
Jan 28, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Really fascinating!
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