Acclaimed author Eve Bunting and illustrator Lambert Davis tell a simple story of a boy and his dad who watch from the shore as Orca whales swim by and imagine the pod's underwater life.
A young boy stands on the beach with his father. As they watch the surf, a pod of Orca whales swim by. After wondering aloud whether the whales can talk like he does, the boy then imagines the whales' conversations, and whether they are talking about him under the bubbling waves, just as he talks about them on the land.
"I bet those whales have signposts down below. An ocean mountain or a sunken ship. Maybe another whale that tells them, 'Follow me! We'll make a right at this white rock.' That is, if whales can talk."
Backmatter provides facts about these magnificent animals.
About the Author
EVE BUNTING has written many books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, and Can You Do This, Old Badger? and Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas, both illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Ms. Bunting recently received the prestigious Kerlan Award. She lives in Southern California. Greg Shed is the illustrator of many children's books for children including Squanto's Journey, by Joseph Bruchac, and Dandelions by Eve Bunting. He lives in San Diego, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story looks like it takes place on the northwest Pacific coast of the United States or perhaps around British Columbia, Canada. A boy and his Dad stand near a grassy cliff and watch as a pod of Orca whales swim by. It's a perfect day. Eve Bunting's simple text is told from the young boy's point of view. The one or two sentences per page are informative and easy to read. They make us wonder aloud with him. But the beautiful paintings and the strong page layout make this book a 'wow!' Immersion in the text is what happens. We follow the whales into the sea and see what happens below the surface water. It's better than looking through the glass walls of an aquarium. When I read this story to my Pre K class, they were seated randomly on the story quilt. As we turned each page and talked about the whales: how the moms have live babies, how they breathe through a blow hole in the top of their head, the sheer size of the creatures, how Orcas are actually part of the dolphin family, we were all transported to that grassy hillside cliff beside the Dad and the boy. It was magic. This is what reading can do.