Whales and Us: Our Shared Journey

by India Desjardins (Author) Nathalie Dion (Illustrator)

Whales and Us: Our Shared Journey
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

In the course of history, humans have had a negative impact on the lives of whales.

There are many stories and legends about whales. Humans have long been fascinated by these majestic creatures. Maybe it's their immense size or their mysterious songs. But how many of the stories are true? What do we really know about whales? And are we a threat to these creatures that captivate us?

Author India Desjardins offers a glimpse into the lives of whales--their history, environment, biology and behavior. She explores our relationships with whales and the dangers that threaten their existence, and she shares what we can do to help keep them safe. Whales and Us is a beautifully illustrated tribute to these fragile giants and a powerful call to action, with the hope that they will never stop roaming the world's oceans.

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Review quotes

"Visually stimulating and loaded with interesting facts, creating an effect that will have readers poring over the pages trying to soak it all in. What's more, Desjardins takes the educational and inspirational aspects of her book even further by touching on themes like climate change and human activity as threats to the welfare of the natural world... a worthwhile choice for shared reading time."

— "Montreal Review of Books (MRB)"
India Desjardins

India Desjardins is a French Canadian author and screenwriter based in Montréal, whose popular series Le journal d'Aurélie Laflamme has sold more than two million copies in the francophone space and has been adapted for the big screen. Her picture book Le Noël de Marguerite won the 2014 BolognaRagazzi Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. India worked as a journalist for ten years before devoting herself to books and screenplays, and she also writes for adults.

Nathalie Dion is an award-winning children's book illustrator. Her picture book The Big Bad Wolf in My House (Le grand méchant loup dans ma maison) won the 2021 Prix Espiègle and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award and the Harry Black Picture Book Award. Nathalie graduated from Concordia University in design arts, and she is based in Montréal.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date
May 14, 2024
BISAC categories
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF003150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Marine Life
Library of Congress categories

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