Here Come the Humpbacks by April Pulley Sayre

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In this latest book by acclaimed science writer April Pulley Sayre, young readers follow along as a mother humpback whale and her calf make their annual trek from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds off the coast of New England and back again. Within this extraordinary story of migration, Sayre provides information about how humpback whales breathe, sing, and how they got their name—a secondary layer of text expands upon the more intricate details.

But aside from the basics about the humpback whale species, HERE COME THE HUMPBACKS! also delves into the dangers these whales face—from other mammals and sea life such as hungry orcas, to man-made threats like pollution and giant ships.

Jamie Hogan’s stunning, rich pastel illustrations complement Sayre’s text beautifully, and make this book a great choice for a read-aloud in the classroom, library, or at home.

About April Pulley Sayre

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April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of over 50 books for young readers, including If You Should Hear a Honey Guide (Houghton Mifflin), Army Ant Parade (Holt), and One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab (Candlewick). Sayre's books, renowned for their lyricism and accuracy, have been translated into several languages. Sayre has a warm, fuzzy place in her heart for bumblebees. She flies around the country speaking to thousands of schoolchildren each year and has been known to encourage children to chirp and buzz as they explore the sounds of words and the joy of writing. As a child April spent hours picking flowers, watching insects and birds, reading books, and writing. Now she does the same thing, but as a career. Her favorite part of work is researching--reading books and magazines, calling people on the phone, and visiting museums, parks, and aquariums. April grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and went to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she studied biology, especially primatology. "I tend to like off-beat animals such as dragonflies," admits April. "Bats, stick insects, and leaf hoppers, too. But I?ve found that just about any plant, animal or even fungus can be interesting if you approach it with an open mind, ready to learn. Sea turtles and box turtles are my recent favorites. Just thinking about blue whales boggles my mind. A few years ago I got pecked on the head by an arctic tern--one of the most graceful birds on earth. Recently I held a baby painted turtle, which had a shell not much bigger than a quarter. It was amazing to see its tiny head and neck moving back and forth. It walked across my hand before I released it into the wild." "My advice to young writer/naturalists," says April, "is to read a lot, write a lot, go outdoors, and check out all the bizarre and beautiful insects and spiders thatlive on the plants in your neighborhood. Like me, you'll probably be amazed by what you find living close to home." As co-authors of Hummingbirds: the Sun Catchers, she and her husband, native plant expert Jeff Sayre, often speak at botanical gardens, and birding festivals about birds, butterflies, bees, and the plants they depend upon. April lives in South Bend, Indiana. Click here to download April's biography. For more information about April, visit her website . A word from April at . Jamie Hogan grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She began her freelance career in Boston, with work appearing frequently in the Boston Globe. She taught editorial illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and became active in the Graphic Artists Guild. Her illustrations have been included in American Illustration, PRINT Magazine, Graphis, and the Society of Illustrators.Jamie and Marty Braun married in 1988 and moved to San Francisco. Jamiersquo;s work evolved into a collage style and her clients included San Francisco Focus, Mother Jones, and the Los Angeles Times. Jamie and Marty moved to Maine in 1992. Her recent work includes charcoal pencil, pastel and paper collage. Besides skiing through the island woods in winter and motorcycling along the coast in summer, Jamie beachcombs with her daughter and dog, incorporating the shards she finds into mosaics. She teaches illustration at Maine College of Art in Portland.For more information, visit .
Published February 1, 2013 by Charlesbridge. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Sayre structures her tale around a mother whale, beginning as she is about to give birth and migrate north to colder waters with her calf.

Dec 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Here Come the Humpbacks

Publishers Weekly

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In a story about a humpback whale calf, Sayre balances informative text with polished prose that lightly personifies the animals: %E2%80%9CHead down, in deeper water, a male whale sings. His song rhym

Jan 28 2013 | Read Full Review of Here Come the Humpbacks

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Written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Jamie Hogan, it follows a mother humpback whale and her calf on the great annual whale swim from the Caribbean to summer feeding grounds off the coast of New England and back — one of the longest migrations of any mammal.

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