Whale Fall

Exploring an Ocean-Floor Ecosystem

Written by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

I really liked this book. This informational picture book tells the circle of life story about whales. It is fascinating that one dead whale can create a little habitat for up to 50 years. In dark, muted blues and black we journey with the artist of this picture book to the barely visible ocean floor where a downed whale has died and sunk. Page-by-page we see the animal feast that the whale body provides to the myriad of creatures that find sustenance over the course of years. This would be a great supplement for teaching ocean life and ecosystems.

Reviewed by Kristen Hunt, Librarian, Whittier Elementary School
Review shared in May 2023
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-6

Whale Fall
Written by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
Random House Studio
40 pages
Release Date: March 14, 2023
ISBN: 9780593380604
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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