Neal Porter Books Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall
Neal Porter Books Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall

Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall

By Lynn Brunelle


Publication Date: June 4, 2024

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

Follow a blue whale’s enormous body to the bottom of the ocean, where it sets the stage for a bustling new ecosystem to flourish.

All living things must one day die, and Earth’s largest creature, the majestic blue whale, is no exception. But in nature, death is never a true ending. When this whale closes her eyes for the last time in her 90-year life, a process known as whale fall is just beginning. Her body will float to the surface, then slowly sink through the deep; from inflated behemoth to clean-picked skeleton, it will offer food and shelter at each stage to a vast diversity of organisms, over the course of a century and beyond. 

Caldecott Medalist Jason Chin’s astonishing artwork enriches and amplifies engaging, well-researched text by Bill Nye the Science Guy writer Lynn Brunelle. Young lovers of the macabre will relish each page of Life After Whale. Meanwhile, those grappling with the hard subject of death will take solace in this honest look at the circle of life, which closes on a young whale enjoying the same waves as her ancestor. Additional back pages offer further info and reading recommendations on whales, whale falls, and ecosystems.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author

Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award–winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the author of the bestselling books Pop Bottle Science and Camp Out!, among many other titles, and a former K-12 teacher. Her memoir Mama Gone Geek won the Independent Publishing Award Gold Medal, and her book Turn This Book into a Beehive received the Parent's Choice Award Gold Medal. A trusted science communicator, she has been featured on numerous television and radio shows, contributed to magazines and podcasts, given a TED Talk, and spoken at the UN about girls and STEM education.

Author Residence: Seattle, WA

Jason Chin is a celebrated author and illustrator of children’s books. He received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Andrea Wang's Watercress, a Newbery Honor book and APALA award winner. His book Grand Canyon was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Honor, and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. His other acclaimed nonfiction titles, including Coral Reefs, Redwoods, Gravity, Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Your Place in the Universe, and The Universe in You, have received numerous starred reviews and other accolades. He lives in Vermont with his wife and children.

Illustrator Residence:Vermont

Format: Hardcover

Length: 48 pages

Publisher: Neal Porter Books

Publication Date: June 4, 2024

ISBN: 9780823452286

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