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On a cool December morning near San Francisco, a distress call was radioed to shore by a local fisherman. He had discovered a humpback whale tangled in hundreds of yards of crab-trap lines, struggling to stay at the surface to breathe. A team of volunteers answered the call, and four divers risked their lives to rescue the enormous animal. What followed was a rare and remaOn a cool December morning near San Francisco, a distress call was radioed to shore by a local fisherman. He had discovered a humpback whale tangled in hundreds of yards of crab-trap lines, struggling to stay at the surface to breathe. A team of volunteers answered the call, and four divers risked their lives to rescue the enormous animal. What followed was a rare and remarkable demonstration of animal behavior. This celebrated story, beautifully depicted in Jennifer O'Connell's mesmerizing paintings, will make you wonder about animal emotions and the unique connections we can have with animals, even whales....

Title : The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story
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ISBN : 9780884483359
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story Reviews

  • Joan
    2018-11-13 23:40

    This is a charming book, especially since it is true. A boat captain in San Francisco saw a whale tangled up in a huge number of crab lines He radio'd the shore who sent a group out to do something, if possible. One was a master diver who had never been around whales before. It is told from his point of view. He got into the water and the whale kept watching him. After they finally got all the lines off, the whale swam a circle around all of them and then gently nudged each one before heading out to sea. I remember when the story was originally told in 2005. It is simply told, not letting the language get in the way of the story, and the illustrations are fairly good as well. I would suggest this as a possible class story time if you know they are going out to look at whales or as a part of a whale storytime. It probably is too long for toddlers but might be ok for preK and K as well as primary grades. It is a delightful story!

  • Laura
    2018-11-04 15:39

    A whale is trapped by fishing line and several divers coordinate efforts to free her. The story is told simply enough for early elementary school students to understand and appreciate. Adult readers will want to read the endnotes to enrich discussion with young readers -- the act of freeing a whale from fishing lines is incredibly dangerous and the divers risked their lives in cutting the lines. An excellent nonfiction read aloud. Perfect for students in grade 1.

  • Angie Elliott
    2018-11-06 20:13

    I enjoyed this book. It brought a tear to my eye. I believe it is a true story as well. This good would make a great earth day read. There could be discussion about how the whale was in the situation and what responsibilities we have as humans to our earth.

  • Meg
    2018-11-04 22:17

    Two time winner of the Christoper Award, Jennifer O'Connell, has written and illustrated a true story about a whale tangled in hundreds of yards of fishing lines. The story takes place in San Francisco in December of 2005. A team of volunteers, including four divers, try to help in this dangerous task of rescuing the enormous animal. The story about the results and the reaction of the whale to the volunteers is an amazing tale. The author carefully researched this factual event and gives details about the rescue at the end of the book. She created the setting with artistically painted portraits of the whale and divers. This book won the Green Earth Book Award. Children and adults alike will find this story enthralling!

  • Micki
    2018-11-14 16:36

    A wonderful book for children to teach them the fate of whales when pollution hurts them. Pictures are realistic.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-11-07 23:36

    Fascinating story with amazing illustrations. Children and adults will be enthralled.

  • Sherry
    2018-10-28 21:17

    A non-fiction narrative based on the true story of a whale saved by divers from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a one-of-a-kind facility that has led the way for similar marine rescue and rehabilitation facilities around the world ( You can take tours and there are kid-friendly workshops and activities there.). The story begins with an extremely large whale severely entangled all the way around in fishing ropes - 13 miles outside the Golden Gate. The Marine Mammal Center sends a crew to see what they can do. The only way to save the whale is to get into the water to cut the ropes, a dangerous, potentially life-threatening choice for the four divers. In this case, the whale watches the divers, stays calm, and lets them cut the ropes. When she is freed, she immediately races around them in a dance of joy, momentarily disappears, then comes rushing up to each one of them in turn, giving them a gentle nudge with her tremendous snout. For the divers, it was the most emotional moment of their lives! A whale showed gratitude - what an amazing story to prove that animals think, feel and can respond emotionally in ways similar to humans. This is a fantastic book to teach environmental and animal consciousness along with empathy and inter-species connections. There's non-fiction back matter at the end of the book which includes links to examples for teaching with this book.

  • Jaden
    2018-11-08 15:14

    Eye of the Whale tells the touching story of a a group of divers experience rescuing a tangled whale. Because it was the first whale disentanglement off the West Coast it came as huge news to the people of San Francisco and surrounding areas. The rescue was so rewarding to the divers who risked their lives to save a whales. The book I chose to pair with Eye of the Whale is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and Garth Williams. This is a story that every child loves! Like the whale rescue story, Charlotte's Web is about a young girl who saves the life of her pig from getting slaughtered. The attachment between the little girl and Wilber (the pig) is so strong that they are doing everything in their power to save him. The bond that humans and animals can form is amazing in itself. For people to risk their lives, like in the whale story, it truly shows how much people care about animals who are in danger.

  • Brianna
    2018-11-12 18:21

    A fisherman sees a whale trapped in fishing rope and calls in for help. A team of divers go out to try and save the trapped animal. This book is very good in showing that there is good in the world, that this actually happened makes it even more of a great book. The thing is, those people may have been kind enough to save the whale, but it was humanities fault to begin with. The whale would have never needed saving if we didn't throw stuff like ropes and trash in the ocean. All that aside, this a really a wonderful story and just thinking of how the whale reacted to those who helped his lets us see that animals really do have feelings and though it may not seem like it we need to show them kindness just like we would most people. It's hard to find much kindness in the world these days, it's always about getting something. I hope stories like this one will teach children to be kind and help just because they can..

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2018-10-24 15:33

    Divers rescue a whale caught in crab lines. The whale is at risk because it is caught. The divers are at risk because the whale is so big it could accidentally injure them as they try to save it.

  • Emily
    2018-11-03 17:18

    I was so relieved to see a Children's book that wasn't extremely bizarre or littered with subtly perverted drawings. Apparently this is based on a true story; very sweet, and the illustrations are pretty.

  • Cassie
    2018-10-29 17:33

    This true story is inspiring to animal and ocean lovers. The illustrations are captivating and help to tell the story of a trapped whale being freed in a beautiful way. I appreciate Jennifer O'Connell's use of appropriate higher-level vocabulary words, which readers could discuss and learn.

  • Dennis R. Smith
    2018-11-07 15:11

    Wonderful for all who love animals.I saw this book when I was looking for books on unusual animal friendships. We are not the only species that has the capacity to love and care for animals in trouble. This is. perfect for my growing library.

  • Lindsey
    2018-11-18 21:39

    A whale is trapped in crab lines. Divers cut the cords that ensnare the whale and watch in wonder as she thanks each of them with a gentle nudge before swimming off. Very pretty illustrations along with short text make this an easy read.

  • Peacegal
    2018-11-11 17:12

    A giant humpback whale is entangled in ropes from crab traps, and it's a race against time to save her. Based on a true story, this is a great humane education resource for discussions about whales and the import of the animals we share our world with.

  • Alice
    2018-11-04 23:18

    I love reading about true stories! This is a great story about a whale rescue in the San Fransisco Bay, as always I like to read the authors notes at the back. It just adds to the amazing story. It also has links on how you can use this book in a classroom setting. Great Non-Fiction Narrative!

  • Palmer
    2018-10-21 21:34

    Makes you want to cry. Simple story. Divers cut lines trapping a whale. She thanks them by gently nudging them to the surface. Good for children to read to themselves. Easy language.

  • Viv
    2018-11-15 20:11

    Cool illustration and the non-fiction aspect of the book will make it a popular one in the library.

  • Lori
    2018-11-12 19:36

    Beautiful. The little girl in me who dreams of having birds and critters flock to me when I sing (like a Disney princess) loves that this encounter with wildlife was based in truth.

  • Teri
    2018-10-28 22:23

    Neat true story--perfect length for a bedtime story.

  • Bryan
    2018-11-14 21:37

    A wonderfully illustrated children's book based on a true whale rescue story.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-20 17:40

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