Here is a creative nature book that introduces a variety of whale species in their natural habitat. A lyrical text describes the Fin, Bowhead, Blue, and Humpback whales, among others, and speculates on the depth of their intelligence and feelings. Little known scientific facts are also provided, and Rylant's bright acrylic paintings capture the beauty of these majestic sea creatures. Teachers should be aware that the author often uses religious — specifically Christian — terms to describe the wonder of these animals. Teachers should use their judgment in deciding whether the religious and philosophical musings are appropriate for young readers.