The last double page of the book is an explicit anti-hunting message. The last paragraph goes:
We do not need whale meat.
We do not need whale bones.
We do not need whale oil.
We do need to care for whales.
We need to keep them alive and safe
in the oceans of the world.
Sophie read this and asked, "but why do we need whales so much?"
She has, insightfully, picked up the flaw in the argument. The argument against whaling is that we need whales, but there are no reasons provided to show why we need them.
As a basis for an argument, it failed to convince my seven-year-old.
So, does anyone know, ecologically, why the human being needs the blue whale? She would seriously like to know, and include it in her school work.
And for others to think about, how else would you argue this point? What would be a basis for an argument other than what we need?