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The Spirit of Springer: The Real-Life Rescue of an Orphaned Orca

By: Amanda Abler

Illustrator: Levi Hastings

In 2002, a killer whale calf was discovered swimming alone in Puget Sound. This picture book follows the amazing true story of her identification as a member of the A4 pod, a family of Northern Resident orcas living off the coast of British Columbia, and the team of scientists who worked together against all odds to save her from starvation and reunite her with her family.

The challenges of capturing Springer, transporting her north from Puget Sound to Canadian waters, and coordinating her release to facilitate a hopeful acceptance back into her family are brought to life in beautiful illustrations that will appeal to readers of all ages.

This is a hopeful and celebratory conservation story with a happy ending: Springer gave birth to her first calf, Spirit, in 2013, and a second calf in 2017.

Further information about Springer and her pod, with photographs. Orca facts. Orca conservation tips. Where to see orcas. Resources. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781632172129

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Killer whales , Orcas , Washington State , British Columbia, Canada , Animal rescue , Wildlife reintroduction , Puget Sound, Washington , Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

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This narrative nonfiction book documents the work of American and Canadian researchers who rescued an orca named Springer and returned her to health, releasing her back into Canadian waters. Orca whales ordinarily swim in pods; parents and children are together all their lives. One day in 2002 a single orca calf emerged from the waves of Puget Soun This narrative nonfiction book documents the work of American and Canadian researchers who rescued an orca named Springer and returned her to health, releasing her back into Canadian waters. Orca whales ordinarily swim in pods; parents and children are together all their lives. One day in 2002 a single orca calf emerged from the waves of Puget Sound. A ferry worker who saw the event informed whale experts, who determined from her dialect and markings that this calf was sick, starving, and over 300 miles from home. The book follows Springer as she relearns how to eat, figures out how to heal her own skin, finds her family members, and reestablishes her life in the wild. It also credits the First Nations people who helped to welcome her home. The simple, precise language encourages readers to follow the story’s twists and turns and invest in its happy outcome. The realistic but playful illustrations convey emotion as well as fact. Post-narrative pages provide additional scientific information about Springer, orcas in general, and the environment in which orcas live. This book is a delightful find for STEM enthusiasts and also for kids who just like a good story.

Book Details

ISBN

9781632172129

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

599.53

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 950L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little Bigfoot

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Killer whales, Orcas, Washington State, British Columbia, Canada, Animal rescue, Wildlife reintroduction, Puget Sound, Washington, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia,

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