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Book Title: Seabird|
The size of the: 624 KB
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: April 26th 1978
ISBN 13: 9780395266816
The author of the book: Holling Clancy Holling
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Delightful! Holling tells a multi-generational story about fatherhood, the wonders of the natural world, the joy of discovery, and the pride of hard work, all in 27 single-page chapters. Each chapter is told in lively, poetic prose and faces a gorgeous full-color illustration. The margins are filled with helpful diagrams that provide additional information about sailing and whaling. Wait... whaling?
Does this book work in 2017?
Yes, I say it does. Holling provides detailed descriptions of whaling. He voices no ecological concerns either for the whales or for the coal and oil-fueled ships. There are some outdated terms- "Eskimo" and "Oriental." All this is indicative of the 1940s (when this book was published) and I don't see anything harmful in it. If a student was reading this book, I would gently comment on these topics, but I think the benefits of the lessons on progress and striving for better are well worth it.
The only piece I wish had been handled a little differently is the omission of women. The characters in this book seem to conjure babies out of thin air, all the children are male, and when they have family gatherings, there are no women present! I wish Holling had been more complete in that regard.
Read information about the authorBorn in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton.
During this period, he married Lucille Webster, and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.
Holling died in 1973.
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