The Eye of the Whale (Tilbury House Nature Book) (Hardcover)

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The Eye of the Whale (Tilbury House Nature Book) (Hardcover)


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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 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.

Fountas & Pinnell Level M

Jennifer O’Connell is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Ten Timid Ghosts, which has sold over a million copies. Her picture book The Eye of the Whale — like Elephants Remember, a true story of the sentient animals with whom we share this planet—received the 2014 Green Earth Book Award, a Moonbeam Gold Award, and was on RIF’s STEAM Multicultural Booklist. Jennifer is a two-time recipient of the Christopher Award for her book illustrations and is known for her engaging and interactive school presentations, workshops, and virtual programs. See more at
Product Details ISBN: 9780884483359
ISBN-10: 0884483355
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Tilbury House Nature Book
This true story of courage and compassion is brought to life by
stunning illustrations. You will be awed and humbled by the deep connections
possible between humans and animals. And you will be inspired to do all you can
to help protect whales.
— Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

With this story that amazes while it informs, readers cannot help but be touched.
— Kirkus

This is a beautiful story, one of the most moving I have heard
about, showing that a whale is capable of gratitude and can understand that some
humans, at least, want to help whales, not harm them. The paintings and the
story are simply enchanting. I don’t believe it is possible to read this
without tears, but good tears for a change! I highly recommend it to all
children, who will understand its significance immediately!
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep

This is a rare and important story about humane efforts to help
a free-swimming whale—with a happy ending. It will inspire readers of all ages
to become stewards of the natural world.
— Dr. Frances Gulland DVM, Senior Scientist, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California