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Grayson : Library Edition
     

Grayson : Library Edition

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by Lynne Cox
 

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ISBN-13:
9781598959277
Publisher:
Findaway World Llc
Publication date:
03/12/2007
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.14(d)

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Grayson 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Grayson by Lynne Cox is a nonfiction story of a teenage Cox. She is alone in the ocean on one of her early morning swimming workouts when she finds a baby whale swimming alongside her lost from its mother. Her friend Steve is waving to her from the pier when she is finishing her workout and informs her that there is baby whale following her and she cannot swim ashore. She realizes soon that it is up to her to find the baby whale¿s mother in the vast ocean or it will die. This is a story about the bond that can be formed even between the most different creatures. This is proved when a magical friendship is created between Lynne and the baby whale. Along with the whale, Cox comes across many amazing and vivid creatures such as dolphins, stingrays, crabs, coral, every different type and color of fish and much more as she explore the deep ocean with the baby. This was a very entertaining sweet book that I would recommend to animal and ocean lovers of all ages. In this story, Lynne Cox spends much of the book talking about the ocean and gives many of her own aspects of the large mass of water. She describes it as scary, mysterious, large, wondrous, beautiful and much more. I very much enjoyed this part of the book because, as a woman who has spent much of her life in the ocean, her perspective of it was very interesting. In the book, Cox is left with a very difficult situation where it is up to her to make the decsision. She cannot swim ashore because the whale, she names him Grayson, will follow and he will run into the ground, his lungs will collapse, and he will die. She also cannot leave it alone or it will die of thirst without its mother¿s milk. Lynne must stay in the ocean with the whale and for hours freezing, hungry, and scared. Throughout the book, Grayson is described like a human child, which brought up memories that most human children have. Being lost in the grocery store or department store from their mother. Being frightened and confused, trying not to panic but mostly not succeeding until a nice lady helps you out. This story reminds us that it happens to everyone, and even happens to whales. I have been strongly affected by the message sent by this book. It teaches the reader to respect everyone and all creatures that you come across because who knows what magnificent adventures could be coming in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story, but it could have been told in half the pages and with much more eloquence. It dragged on much too long and, while there was indeed a good message here, the repeated delivery of that message lacked sublety, which would have been much more effective.
Cathytaffy More than 1 year ago
Grayson turned out to be a great book. It is hard to believe it is based on a true story. A courageous 17 year old girl was able to help a baby whale find his mother after a 4 hour long swim in the ocean. The connection this author had with a baby whale and mother whale makes a unique and exciting story. It is a great book if you love nature too, because of the connection and energy between humans and these amazing animals. Not to mention her whole swim was filled with nature from sea creatures to the gorgeous area of LA/ Catalina Island, California. I loved this authors journey and this book will sweep you away on an exciting ocean adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Lynne is a fantastic writer and she certainly knows how to bring the reader into the book and make you feel as if you are right by her side. The thought of swimming for 4 hrs in the ocean with a whale by me well, just thinking about it gives me anxiety, but for Lynne it was an experience of a lifetime that she welcomed with open arms. She has a true gift not only with swimming, but being able to become one with the ocean and all that live in it. I can't wait for her next publication.
KristyMcCaffrey More than 1 year ago
Ms. Cox, a long distance swimmer, was training one morning in the Pacific Ocean when she came across a baby gray whale. This short book details her interaction with the calf and her efforts to help it find its mother (which, thankfully, does occur). Her descriptions of her time with the whale are extraordinary and the details of ocean life will leave you mesmerized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher knows the author personaly and she read this book aloud in my class. Its awesome and i rcomend this to alll
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GRAYSON may be the book I recommend most often. It's a beautiful, true story of mother love, interspecies concern and communication, and describes Lynne's surrounding life in the ocean so vividly. It's one of the few books that can speak to a wide swath of readers, from children through animal behavior professionals.
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Greenland_Dancer More than 1 year ago
My daughter is a young swimmer and for her birthday we held a swim party and gave Lynne's book to all party goers. Many of the family's shared that it was a welcome addition to their library. Buy it, give it, share it...
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There were many positives and negatives in this book. For example, I really liked the long, descriptive sentences. Also, I thought that the appearance of the book was very beautiful, from the outside pictures, to the text. The last positive that I can think of now is that it was a very amazing story, and it shows lots of feeling. Some of the negatives included ow it loses excitement and the urgency of finding the mom by de scribing too much. Also, I know that since it was a true story, and I can't really change the plot, but I thought that it was kind of weird that Lynne wasn't monitored as much as she should have been in such a dangerous situation. Lastly, I thought that the book was very interesting, but if it were shorter, it would have been more exciting and would have kept my interest more. Many authors have their own writing styles. The author, Lynne Cox, has many things that make up her own writing style. First of all, she has very long sentences with descriptive words. One sentence that shows this says, "There's something frightening, and magical, about being in the ocean, moving between the heavens and the earth, knowing that you can encounter anything on your journey." Also, Cox uses lots of flash backs in her writing. One of her flashbacks was about the grunion mating, and how she and her friends would sit and wait all night for the grunion to come out to the beach and breed. Lastly, Lynne Cox writes using the first-person, which is when she says "I did. . ." instead of "Lynne did. . .". Those are some of the topics that make up Lynne Cox's writing style. I would recommend this book for many reasons. First, it was a very true story that was short, but it had many details that made it seem longer than it actually was. Also, it could be an adult, or a children's book because it was very mature, yet easy to read at the same time. Lastly, this book's appearance was magnificent, because it has a very intriguing cover and very interesting pages. Some similar novels that I would rec commend include Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages, and Hawke by Ted Belle. Other good books that I have read are Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, The Canterwood Crest Series by Jessica Burkhart, and Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen, is about a girl named Ruby who goes to live with her sister (Who was once her best friend) after her mother left her. The Canterwood Crest Series is about a girl named Sasha Silver who starts out 7th grade at a private school called Canterwood Crest and is on the horse back riding team there. Each Little Bird That Sings is about Comfort Snowberger, a girl who's family own a funeral home, and all of her adventures with her family.
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LilyWarrior More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an absolutely wonderful story about a woman of great courage and her openness to the magic that exists when we love and when we are willing to sacrifice and risk for another life....in this case the life of a baby whale. Having experienced the majesty of these great beasts in my own life, I can't help but want to share this book with others. If you want to believe in magic in the wonders of nature, this is the book for you.
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