Wild Orca: The Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World

By: Brenda Peterson

Illustrator: Wendell Minor

More about Granny and orcas. Full-color gouache watercolor illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250110695

JLG Release: Dec 2018


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Topics: Orcas , Killer whales , Parental behavior in animals , San Juan Islands, Washington Family

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On the longest day of the year, people gather in the San Juan Islands to celebrate returning wild orcas. Loosely based on an actual “superpod” episode in 2008 (though it is never disclosed in the text), this sweet tale of waiting to welcome pods J, K, and L, led by Granny, the matriarch, serves as a framework to introduce the largest species in On the longest day of the year, people gather in the San Juan Islands to celebrate returning wild orcas. Loosely based on an actual “superpod” episode in 2008 (though it is never disclosed in the text), this sweet tale of waiting to welcome pods J, K, and L, led by Granny, the matriarch, serves as a framework to introduce the largest species in the dolphin family. With her researching parents, Mia listens with a hydrophone, thinking about the orcas’ sophisticated communication and sonar. She worries about environmental threats, and watches for “bright blows of orca breath.” Readers learn about orca travels, childcare, and an earlier stranding. Finally, all three pods arrive. The orcas leap and spin, clicking, calling, and whistling. Granny waves a flipper at Mia. In the back matter, readers learn that Granny was probably 105 when she disappeared in 2016. The author explains that “killer whales” is inappropriate for these salmon-eaters but she refers to them as whales throughout. She adds additional information and suggests ways for readers to get involved in conservation efforts. Minor’s glorious gouache paintings capture the joy of the day, setting the stage, introducing the characters—both human and dolphin—and showing these gymnasts in action; Granny even spyhops in a rotated spread. Members of the Samish Indian Nation, a group that feel close ties to these extraordinary aquatic mammals, appear in the festival spread though they aren’t mentioned in the text. The endpapers are helpful maps. VERDICT An engaging, possibly inspiring addition to any nature collection.–Kathleen Isaacs, Children’s Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD

Book Details

ISBN

9781250110695

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

599.53/6

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Orcas, Killer whales, Parental behavior in animals, San Juan Islands, Washington, Family

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