Whales Passing by Eve Bunting

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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 Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting is the award-winning author of scores of picture books and novels, including Smoky Night, winner of the Caldecott Medal. She lives with her husband in Pasadena, California. They have five grandchildren.
Published May 1, 2003 by Blue Sky Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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From a seaside cliff, a boy and his father observe killer whales in Bunting's poetic ode.

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As striking as orcas themselves, Davis's (The Jolly Man) paintings of gamboling whales help keep this uneven tale afloat. From a cliff, a father and son watch

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The loosely rhymed text meanders through observations about the orcas, plus a fantasy of their thoughts about humans ("They lack our blubber, sad to say./ But humans have no love of fat./ Imagine that!"), which, from the boy's perspective, sends the giant mammals into gales of "whale laughter."

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