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Orca's Song

Orca's Song

by Anne Cameron, Nelle Olsen (Illustrator)
Orca's Song is the tale of the love between Orca and Eagle-Flies-High, and explains the origin of the killer whale's song and exuberant dance.


Orca's Song is the tale of the love between Orca and Eagle-Flies-High, and explains the origin of the killer whale's song and exuberant dance.

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Children's Literature - Enid J. Portnoy
Legends and folk tales of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest are filled with Orca whales as the main character of the stories. The Pacific Northwest, with its deep and cold waters is a favorite home for the Orca, who find plenty of food to keep them content. Cameron has retold one of the many Orca tales in this simple but revealing tale of the unusual friendship between an orca and an osprey, a bird which also makes its home in the skies of the Northwest. Stark and dramatic black-and-white drawings by Olson highlight the drama of their courtship. They show these two different creatures sharing their thoughts and dreams with each other. They each help the other find sources of food, and share information about where they have been and what they have seen in their travels under the waters, and through the skies. As much as they enjoy each other they realize that it is in only one vast space, either sea or sky, that can be the home for each of them. Readers will learn about the way the whale makes sounds. There are recordings of various whale sounds available and will make the folk tale even more realistic for young listeners. Looking at the huge whales it is not easy to imagine they have high pitched voices, which travel long distances. Wouldn't it be magical if we could discover what it is the whales are singing or speaking about? It may be a language of love that is much like love between Orca and Osprey in this story that someday humans will be able to understand. Cameron is a respected Canadian writer and storyteller who enjoys retelling and writing about animals and other topics she sees in the Pacific Northwest. Classroom teachers can use this book as an example of unusual native Culture and appreciation of artistic forms. The tale is an excellent introduction to a science lesson about sea and sky creatures and the way in which they help each other to survive. Reviewer: Enid J. Portnoy

Product Details

Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
Edition description:
5th ed.
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Cameron was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards, including best script. After being published as a novel, Dreamspeaker went on to win the Gibson Award for Literature. She has published more than 30 books, including the underground classic Daughters of Copper Woman, its sequel, Dzelarhons, novels, stories, poems and legends - for adults and children. Her most recent novels are Family Resemblances, Hardscratch Row, and a new, revised edition of Daughters of Copper Woman. She lives in Tahsis, BC

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