The Moon by Whale Light : And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales
The Moon by Whale Light And Other Adventures Among Bats Penguins Crocodilians and Whales Author:Diane Ackerman Whether she's sexing an alligator barehanded or coaxing a bat to tangle in her hair, Diane Ackerman goes to unique -- and sometimes terrifying -- extremes to observe nature at first hand. The rewards are equal to the risks. — As she did in her bestselling A Natural History of the Senses, Ackerman plunges headlong into her subject -- ... more »in this case, bats, crocodilians, whales and penguins -- and surfaces with treasure. She asks why whales "sing" in rhyme. She rehabilitates the dire reputation of the bat, which turns out to be sweet-natured, useful, and a very good parent. The scrutiny she turns on penguins is close enough to take in their poppy-seed eyes and the fact that their breath doesn't steam in the cold. Provocative, celebratory, and wise, The Moon by Whale Light is a book that forges extraordinary visceral connections between the reader and the natural world.« less
A poet, with several published books, Ackerman's prose flows rhythmically and intriguingly. Ackerman experienced all the adventures and writes about her experience and the people she experienced it with.
this book is pure ecstasy. It is a treasure trove of information,
diverse in space and time and culture but all related to the pleasures of sensory experience. A magical mystery tour...a dive into the world around us..I read this book to my grandchildren and the
silence of listening ears,and the please nana read some more,then all the questions they kept asking for weeks told me this is a book for my bookshelf....then I found another copy at a garage sale and knew
it was ment to be posted...a MUST FOR YOUR BOOKSHELF!