Here Come the Humpbacks!

Illustrated by Jamie Hogan
Written by April Pulley Sayre

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishers
ISBN-13: 9781580894050 / 9781580894067
Ages 4-10

Available in Hardcover & Paperback
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“The stunning art and well-presented information make this an attractive addition to any collection.”  –School Library Journal

The migration of a most majestic mammal.

In this latest book by acclaimed science writer April Pulley Sayre, young readers follow along as a mother humpback whale and her calf make their annual trek from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds off the coast of New England and back again. Within this extraordinary story of migration, Sayre provides information about how humpback whales breathe, sing, and how they got their name—a secondary layer of text expands upon the more intricate details.

But aside from the basics about the humpback whale species, Here Come the Humpbacks! also delves into the dangers these whales face—from other mammals and sea life such as hungry orcas, to man-made threats like pollution and giant ships. Jamie Hogan’s stunning, rich pastel illustrations complement Sayre’s text beautifully, and make this book a great choice for a read-aloud in the classroom, library, or at home.

PLAY Here Come the Humpbacks!: A Whale Migration Game for Classrooms, Libraries, Bookstores, & Other Mammal Loving Locales

  • DOWNLOAD the Event Kit / Whale Migration Game
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  • SEE pictures of an event using the Whale Migration Game

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Jamie Hogan Illustration, HERE COME THE HUMPBACKS!


“Deep blues and greens highlighted with white crests are rendered in charcoal and pastel on sanded paper, providing a textural immediacy that plunges readers into the ocean…There’s plenty of drama and appeal in this primary-grade
Kirkus Reviews

“…This picture book about a year in the life of a humpback mother and calf is beautifully illustrated in soft charcoal pencil and pastel on sanded paper. A varying perspective–from eye level, below, and above the water level–places the whales in context with their environment and other wildlife…The stunning art and well-presented information make this an attractive addition to any collection.”
School Library Journal

“…Hogan’s charcoal and pastel illustrations subtly vary texture, light, and shades of blue to convey the changes in the submarine environment as the whales travel.”
Publishers Weekly

“…Hogan’s panoramic, cool-colored charcoals make this obvious read-along fodder, but both elements are also detailed enough to engage independent learners…A little something for everyone here.”

“Jamie Hogan’s illustrations, done in charcoal pencil and pastel on sanded paper are expansive. Using muted blues, greens, and grays (with a splash of red) we are immersed in the ocean world of the humpbacks.”
–Non-Fiction Detectives