Garden of Whales

Overview

Last night in my tub,
in my tub while I scrubbed,
I dreamed that I lived in the sea with the Whales.
Magnificent Whales. Mysterious Whales.
Mystical, Musical, Mountainous Whales.

The narrator of this tale is a boy who knows that whales are magnificent but endangered creatures. He wants to do anything he can...

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Overview

Last night in my tub,
in my tub while I scrubbed,
I dreamed that I lived in the sea with the Whales.
Magnificent Whales. Mysterious Whales.
Mystical, Musical, Mountainous Whales.

The narrator of this tale is a boy who knows that whales are magnificent but endangered creatures. He wants to do anything he can to save them, and as he scrubs in his bathtub, he dreams up a plan to save the whales.

Children from all over the world also get in their bathtubs to save the whales, planting a garden of whales. He knows this is a fantasy, but the dreams of children are the roots of action.

A child's dream about the danger threatening the whales leads him to plant and cultivate a garden in which new whales grow.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Last night in my tub, in my tub while I scrubbed, I dreamed that I lived in the sea with the Whales. / Magnificent Whales. Mysterious Whales. Mystical, Musical, Mountainous Whales.'' This tale of deliverance unfurls in luscious prose that rolls trippingly off the tongue. A child's enchanting dream deepens to warn him of danger: he knows he must restore the population of disappearing whales. So he calls for their tears to seed a garden where families of whales are reborn. Like a contemporary ``Kubla Khan'' for kids, this fantasy appears to rise directly from a dream. Its surrender of logic clears, rather than obscures, the vision and leads readers to the book's heart--the Eskimo folk belief that we and the whales are one and the same. With her effulgent oil pastel illustrations O'Connell fully enters Davis's dream and strikingly echoes the fluent reverie. This is a bedtime read-aloud that will set heads nodding. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Horn Book Guide
A rhythmic text and lush illustrations that feature cavorting, majestically powerful whales. The poetic, somewhat surreal quality of the story is appealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944475355
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,356,247
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Steincrohn Davis is the publisher of Heartsong Books and the author of over 10 books for reader of all ages, including Glory! To the Flowers. She lives in East Blue Hill, Maine.

Jennifer Barrett O'Connell is a freelance illustrator whose projects include educational materials and books for children. She is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Art and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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