Tohora

The Southern Right Whale

A moving story of the near extinction and then revival of one of New Zealand’s magnificent marine mammals, the southern right whale. Once, the mighty tohorā, or southern right whale, was a common sight in winter off the coast of Aotearoa.

But it proved to be an easy target for the 19th-century whalers, and was soon driven to the edge of extinction. In the 20th century, however, it became a protected species, and once commercial whaling was virtually stopped, the southern right whale made a comeback.

Ned Barraud recounts this moving story in this beautifully illustrated book, a heartening and optimistic tale for every New Zealand child.

Illustrated and written by Ned Barraud

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Description

Storylines Notable Non-Fiction Book 2020

Review

Bob’s Book Blog ~ Ned Barraud is one of the best illustrators in NZ especially of wildlife and in this excellent publication he gives the reader a real sense of affection for the whale that got it’s name because it was the right whale to hunt.

From the 1840’s the southern right whale was hunted to near extinction with nearly 40, 000 of them being slaughtered, cooked for their whale oil and their baleen used for the corsets of European women.

This picture book sized work is a hopeful look at the survival of the right whale prompted no doubt by the visitation and frolicking of a right whale in Wellington Harbour a couple of years back. An area that it once thrived.

Illustrations of the right whale are superb. Excellent information in simple yet powerful text. Better than anything you can get on the Net. For primary and intermediate levels.

Meet the Kiwi creator Ned Barraud

Find out more about Kiwi author and illustrator Ned Barraud on his author profile.

Additional information

Dimensions 29.5 × 23 cm
First published

2019

Format

Softcover edition

ISBN

9780947503994

Page count

32

Published by

Potton & Burton

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