Whale Port: Whale Port

Whale Port: Whale Port

Long before the invention of electricity or the discovery of underground reservoirs of fossil fuels, people depended on whale oil to keep their lamps lit. A few brave Colonial farmers left their fields and headed out to sea to chase whales and profits farther and farther off shore. When they did, towns sprung up around their harbors as demand grew for sailors, blacksmiths, ropewalkers, and the many other craftsmen needed to support the growing whaling industry. Through the fictional village of Tuckanucket, Whale Port explores the history of these towns. Detailed illustrations and an informative narrative reveal the way Tuckanucket’s citizens lived and worked by sharing the personal stories of people like Zachariah Taber, his family and neighbors, and the place they called home. Whale Port is also the story of America, and the important role whales played in its history and development as people worked together to build communities that not only survived, but prospered and grew into the flourishing cities of a new nation.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547529394

  • ISBN-10: 0547529392

  • Pages: 64

  • Price: $13.99

  • Publication Date: 09/24/2007

  • Carton Quantity: 10

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

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Author

Mark Foster

MARK FOSTER is a museum exhibit designer who applies his broad background in history, the arts, and architecture to making history accessible to the general public. 
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Illustrator

Gerald L. Foster

Formerly vice president and partner of the Architects Collaborative, the famous firm founded by Walter Gropius, Gerald Foster has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and at various galleries. His books include A Field Guide to Airplanes, A Field Guide to Trains, and American Houses: A Field Guide.
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  • reviews

    [A]ppealing format...colorful art and an abundance of information...this may be the most interesting work on the subject to date.

    --Kirkus

    Kirkus Reviews

    "The Fosters, father and son, have elegantly synthesized a tremendous amount of information into a beguiling format." The Horn Book, Starred, Nov/Dec 2007 Horn Book, Starred

    "This handsome title is an excellent choice for both curricular and recreational use." SLJ November 2007 School Library Journal

    "A fascinating testament to the ingenuity and perseverance of the country's North Atlantic communities."--Booklist 12/1/07 Booklist, ALA

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547529394

  • ISBN-10: 0547529392

  • Pages: 64

  • Price: $13.99

  • Publication Date: 09/24/2007

  • Carton Quantity: 10

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

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