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Song of the Blue Whale: Wayne Gerard Trotman's Rhyming Stories is a children’s animal picture book written by Wayne Gerard Trotman and illustrated by Nhat Hao Nguyen. She’s a majestic blue whale swimming through the deep blue waters of the Southern Ocean. Her kind is the largest of all creatures living, and they have been hunted nearly to extinction by men seeking to profit off their blubber, baleen, whale oil, and meat. Even today, they are threatened, as are all sea creatures, by man’s pollution of the seas, stray nets that bind and strangle, trash that kills, and even now there are the poachers and rogue countries who lust after the destruction of the world’s most magnificent creature. What can kids do to help? Clean up crews that scavenge along the shores can minimize what is taken out to sea. Recycling plastics, metal, and paper goods help keep the environment and the waters healthy. We still do have blue whales gracing our planet, but only if we care enough -- if we each do our part.
Wayne Gerard Trotman's Song of the Blue Whale introduces the most majestic of living creatures, the blue whale, to young readers in a story that conveys the beauty and power of the blue whale as well as the loneliness experienced by the too-few survivors of man’s depredations. The plaintive cries of the whale as she reaches out to those surviving and those departed friends is unforgettable and haunting. The author’s rhyming verses work so well to impart the enormity of the subject and help children learn new vocabulary as they expand their knowledge of the natural world. Nhat Hao Nguyen’s illustrations capture the blue whale and its environment so very well. Each picture is a marvel, and many are well worth framing for a child's bedroom walls. Song of the Blue Whale: Wayne Gerard Trotman's Rhyming Stories is most highly recommended.