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The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales Paperback – September 29, 1992
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In these four lively, information-packed accounts, Ackerman makes vivid the qualities and appeal of animals and the natural world they inhabit. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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YA-- A unique blend of poetic essays and scientific descriptions of usually unlovely animals. Ackerman writes with the precision of a scientist and the soul of a romantic, luring readers with provocative word pictures while educating them on the importance and necessity of these animals in the global scheme of nature. She maintains that near-perfect balance of animal lore, objective study, and conservation, and includes some downright hair-raising adventures such as riding an alligator bareback and swimming face-to-face with a right whale. Her goal, to underscore man's responsibility to respond to the protection of these creatures, is met admirably. This is nonfiction storytelling at its best. --Carol Bell, Immanuel Christian School, Springfield,
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Here is the very special world of a woman who sees with the clarity of a scientist and writes with the perception of a poet. Moreover, she writes from her own experiences hanging out in front of bat caves, tackling 500 pound alligators and cuddling baby penguins in refrigerated nurseries. Nothing stops her and not much phases her, but a lot of what she sees and experiences makes her stop and think. It is the thinking that attracts me as much as her stories. She is hard at work on her own vision of the world and the place human beings occupy in it. It is a vision worth considering.
Expect to be drawn with lyrical, insightful writing into the worlds of the creatures Ackerman studies, but expect to find yourself looking down the throat of some tough questions as well. I always come away from one of her books with some new thoughts to chew on. This book shouldn't be missed.
Diane Ackerman is a woman who throws herself into her research with a sense of abandon. She blends her own experience with mythology and interesting facts and turns each journey into an exciting adventure. In this book she explores the worlds of bats, crocodiles, whales and penguins.
When discussing bats she writes so beautifully you can almost imagine having a bat as a pet, and some people do. They seem cuddly and cute! This was a surprise and anyone who is afraid of bats should read the first section. Not only are they loveable, they help to pollinate flowers and disperse seeds for trees.
The section on whales is magestic and awe inspiring. We learn about whales that "sail" and learn about various whale behaviours. Diane swims with a mother and a baby whale and they seem to be watching her as much as she is observing them.
To complete the book, a section on penguins looks at how they live in captivity vs. how they live in the wild. A close encounter with an attacking leopard seal adds excitement to the story about Antarctica. In each story, Diane Ackreman shows incredible bravery and makes you long for your own nature adventure. If you love this book, you may also enjoy:
A Natural History of the Senses
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden
An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain
~The Rebecca Review
Once I held a baby bat in my hands
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It's filled with fascinating information written in beautiful language.