Big Blue

Big Blue

by Shelley Gill, Ann Barrow
     
 

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Kye knows everything there is to know about whales, and dreams of swimming with a blue whale. When she travels to Mexico with her mother, Kye is closer to her goal than ever. Will her wish of swimming with Big Blue come true?  See more details below

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Kye knows everything there is to know about whales, and dreams of swimming with a blue whale. When she travels to Mexico with her mother, Kye is closer to her goal than ever. Will her wish of swimming with Big Blue come true?

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Children's Literature
A little girl dreams of swimming with whales every night. She learns all she can about them, and gives a lesson on what she learns to the reader. This is a charming educational book with an endearing story about the fulfillment of her dreams. Lucky for her, the girl's mother works on a whale watching ship and she gets to swim with the whales. The text is fun and informative, and the illustrations are good, with lots of interest. They are, however, somewhat inconsistent in quality throughout the book. Nevertheless, this book belongs in every child's library. 2003, Charlesbridge Publishing Inc,
— Jennifer-Lynn Draper
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-While it seems unlikely that a child could actually fulfill a dream of swimming in the ocean alongside a blue whale, this story is evidently based on an event that really did happen to the author's nine-year-old daughter. Kye narrates, telling readers that she knows "just about everything a kid can know about whales." She goes on to explain many facts about their size and bodies. Kye's mother facilitates her daughter's dream. "My mom- drives a whale-research boat in Alaska. She hangs out with marine biologists." Soon they are part of a small research trek to Baja, Mexico, where the dream is realized. "Time stops. This moment belongs to Big Blue and me. I twirl like a manta ray in her surge, dancing in the depths of her deep, blue sea." Watercolor and colored-pencil views covering the full spreads provide fine perspective in scenes of a whale skeleton suspended from a museum ceiling and children and whales swimming underwater. More adept at drawing landscapes and animals than humans, Barrow creates a good sense of place as she depicts the child at home, the trip by Jeep to the study camp in Mexico, and the undulating figure of the impressive whale. The possibility of an ordinary child living out such a grand dream makes for a nice adventure story, and the book adeptly blends considerable information about whales into the telling. Children will enjoy the package for personal reading, and it should find good use in classrooms as well.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570916670
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,139,204
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author, adventurer, whale detective, pony wrangler, dog musher and all around fun hog, Shelley Gill lives her books! Shelley is the author of several children's books, including ALASKA, HAWAI'I, and SITKA ROSE. She was previously an editor at Alaska Woman magazine, and also worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher for the Frontiersman and Valley Sun newspapers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Shelley lives with her family on a ridge above Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska.

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