Little Whale in Deep Trouble: A Story Inspired by a True Event
Little Whale in Deep Trouble: A Story Inspired by a True Event
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Annotation: Little Whale feels happy and safe as he swims by his Mama's side, but then one day, he races off and gets stuck in a fishing net.
Catalog Number: #141137
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7641-6851-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-7641-6851-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016953986
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A young whale finds himself in jeopardy.Oscar, a young whale, lives with his mother deep in the ocean, surrounded by all sorts of different animals. He always feels safe—until the day he gets trapped in an abandoned scrap of fishing net. Separated from his mother and initially unable to move, he rises for air and is freed by some divers, the likes of which he's never seen before. After a "dance" for his rescuers, he is joyfully reunited with his mother. Based on a true story, this well-intentioned tale includes some facts about humpback whales and some of the perils they face from pollution as well as hunting. The focus here is educational rather than artistic; it appears that young readers and listeners are meant to attend to the plot and lesson rather than a gracefully told story; the language is sometimes clumsy, while the artwork is pleasant but not particularly artful. The consistent, nonstandard capitalization of "Mama" regardless of context ("Where is his Mama?") gives the text an amateurish feel. Still the book's focus on the plight of whales may make it helpful in the classroom as a supporting resource, though it stops short of providing children with concrete measures that may encourage recycling or activism. A basic introduction to the environmental hazards that endanger whales. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
Gr 35Oscar loves his mama very much, and, like most young children, he doesn't like to leave her side. The only difference is that Oscar and his mother are humpback whales. Oscar enjoys watching his shadow trail behind his mother's on the ocean floor. But one day, Oscar sees a group of stingrays and goes off to explore with them. Eventually he realizes that his mama's shadow is no longer right next to himand he can't move his flippers! He is trapped in a discarded fishing net. Wilhelm based Oscar on the true story of a humpback whale that was caught in a net off the coast of Mexico in 2011 and was rescued by a group of divers. Simple prose will appeal to preschoolers, who will identify with Oscar's insecurity without his mother. Young children will also relate to those first forays without a parent and the comfort of being reunited. Older readers will be interested in the back matter, which includes a description of the real-life event, information about humpback whales, and a diagram of the whale. The illustrations are digitally created and add a lot of expression to Oscarreaders can see all of his worries and his eventual happiness when ultimately everything turns out just fine. VERDICT A tale of environmental awareness for preschoolers.Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
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School Library Journal (10/1/17)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Young children will be riveted by the story of Little Whale, a young calf who goes everywhere with his Mama. Every day as they swim through the waves, Little Whale feels happy and safe whenever he sees their shadows side by side on the ocean floor. One day, Little Whale sees a school of stingrays cruising by and he quickly races after them. He doesn't think he's gone too far when he suddenly looks down and sees only one shadow! Mama Whale is nowhere to be found...and he's stuck in a big fishing net! Now Little Whale is in deep trouble! Children will race to the end of this story to learn the outcome, discovering the real-life story that inspired this entertaining book. Little Whale in Deep Trouble includes lots of engaging facts about Humpback Whales that will encourage kids to learn more about these gentle giants. It's an excellent resource for children as they strive to meet state standards in English Language Arts. Pssst... it's a fun read too!

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