The Stranded Whale

The Stranded Whale

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Tender and heartrending, Jane Yolen's clear-eyed tale of a child's effort to rescue a beached whale evokes a fierce love of wildlife and a universal sense of loss.

Sally and her brothers are walking home from school along the dunes in their Maine town when they come upon an enormous whale. He's stranded on the beach. Her brother runs for help, and many people rally to respond, but the tide is going out quickly and the whale is just so big. Still, Sally is able to sit near the whale's massive eye and tell him he's beautiful and strong, and that she will miss him no matter what happens. Master storyteller Jane Yolen and illustrator Melanie Cataldo have created an authentic portrait of vulnerability that is at once spare, moving, and honest.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763669539
Branch Call Number: JP Yolen
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Cataldo, Melanie - Illustrator


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I love that Yolen continues the story beyond the whale, to Sally's tormented state after the event, to explore how that experience has affected her.

A sensitive look at how beaching affects the community around it, with extra information at the back that tells you what to do if you encounter a beached whale.

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Sep 15, 2017

A beautiful story of a grand effort to save a beached whale, the grief experienced when the children who first saw and helped the whale are deemed hero's but they feel so blue considering the whale did not make it.

This book does not shield children from the realities of 200 annual beached marine life yet there is a strong message to look forward with hope, to perhaps study marine biology and see what new methods are available to save these gorgeous creatures. A book that tells the truth yet evokes hope and a bright future for our friends under water.

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