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A Symphony of Whales
     

A Symphony of Whales

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by Steve Schuch, Peter Sylvada (Illustrator)
 

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Glashka can . . . but with that mysterious power comes great responsibility. When she discovers thousands of whales trapped in a rapidly freezing inlet, she knows it is up to her to gather the people of her town to help them.
Based on an actual event, this inspiring story follows Glashka and her people as they come to understand the importance of all life.

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Glashka can . . . but with that mysterious power comes great responsibility. When she discovers thousands of whales trapped in a rapidly freezing inlet, she knows it is up to her to gather the people of her town to help them.
Based on an actual event, this inspiring story follows Glashka and her people as they come to understand the importance of all life.

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"Riveting . . . Sylvada's paintings shimmer with northern light."--Smithsonian Magazine
"Beautifully conveys the idea of music as an intrinsic part of the natural world."--Booklist
"A truly beautiful story."--Family Life
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During the winter of 1984-1985, nearly 3,000 beluga whales were trapped in the Senyavina Strait of Siberia--and saved by the bravery and persistence of villagers and the crew of a passing icebreaker. Schuch, a musician, turns this episode into a picture book by casting a child as heroine. Glashka has always been able to hear music in her head, and the "old ones" of the village tell her she hears "the voice of Narna, the whale. Long has she been a friend to our people." Glashka uses this talent to find the trapped whales and then to discover the secret of saving them. The plotting and diction are a little trumped-up, but on balance the text is tender and moving, and debut illustrator Sylvada's heavy oil paintings readily transport readers to the bitter winter days of Siberia. Emphasizing the changing light and the textures of characters' clothing instead of individual expressions, the illustrations cast a mood that reinforces the sober issues of the text. Ages 6-10. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
During the winter of 1984-1985, nearly 3,000 beluga whales were trapped in Siberia-and saved by the bravery and persistence of villagers and the crew of a passing icebreaker. The author casts a child as heroine in what PW called a "tender and moving" story. Ages 6-9. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Gr 2-5-During the bitter winter of 1984-85, the people of the Chukchi Peninsula and the crew of the Russian icebreaker Moskva labored to save thousands of beluga whales trapped by encroaching ice in the Siberian Senyavina Strait. Schuch has taken this event and fleshed it out to include young Glashka, who can hear the voices of these animals in her visionary dreams. As the fearful creatures crowd away from the ship and its fractured path to freedom, it is Glashka who urges the crew to add human music to the whale calls they are broadcasting to reassure and entice the belugas, and to try again as folk music and rock and roll fail. Finally, a classical symphony for strings sounds a chorus that the animals join in, and singing, they follow the huge icebreaker out to the open sea. This fictionalized account is enriched by soft-edged oils in winter tones, picturing the laboring Chukchis, the white whales, the dark bulk of the Moskva, and the small determinedness that is Glashka. Team this inspiring work with Giles Whittell's more factual The Story of Three Whales (Gareth Stevens, 1988; o.p.), Dyan Sheldon's lyrical The Whales' Song (Dial, 1991), and Frances Weller's moving I Wonder If I'll See a Whale (Paperstar, 1998) and you'll have kids clamoring to go whale watching.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152165482
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
414,632
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


STEVE SCHUCH is an award-winning musician and storyteller. He lives in New Hampshire.

PETER SYLVADA graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Califonia. He has illustrated many book jackets as well as Gleam and Glow, a picture book written by Eve Bunting. Mr. Sylvada lives in Southern California.

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