Free The Eye of the Whale Author Jennifer O'Connell –

Great story and information abou tg whales..neat that it s based on a true story..great teaching tools listed in the back 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. 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 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. 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 Afloat A Team Of Volunteers Answered The Call, And Four Divers Risked Their Lives To Rescue The Enormous Animal It Was The First Successful Whale Disentanglement Performed Off The West Coast Of The United States And Prompted A Rare And Remarkable Demonstration Of Animal BehaviorAs People Found Out About The Event, Questions Arose Did The Whale Help The Divers By Staying Still And Calm As They Cut The Lines Or Was She Just Exhausted Was The Whale Full Of Joy After Being Freed Or Did She Swim In Circles To Stretch Out Her Huge Body After Being Tied Up For So Long How Do We Explain The Whale Nudging All The Divers, Then Looking Directly At Them The Divers Said That This Was One Of The Most Fantastic Moments Of Their Lives 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 Other Animals, Even WhalesTo Research The Eye Of The Whale, Jennifer Traveled To San Francisco Where She Met Captain Mick Menigoz And Rode His Rescue Boat, Superfish, Out Into The Pacific Ocean To The Area Where The Events In The Book Took Place This Experience Fueled Her Inspiration As She Created The Images And Words Of This Extraordinary Story The author was able to interview one of the divers who helped rescue a whale near San Francisco and the up close perspective is amazing The divers all describe this as one of the best moments of their lives and I could feel that energy in the story An incredible experience so well captured. 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 A wonderful book for children to teach them the fate of whales when pollution hurts them Pictures are realistic. Amazing The divers got in the water even though they had no idea what they were getting into Ha ha Get it Very accessible retelling of a true rescue story Gorgeous pages, my students are loving it

About the Author: Jennifer O'Connell

Jenny O Connell.Although she s written about a reality dating show, a prescient pastry chef, and a woman who inspired an 80 s rock hit, Jennifer has not spent hours dissecting The Bachelor, she can barely follow the directions on the back of a Betty Crocker box, and she can only dream of a long haired, guitar thrashing rocker even giving her a second glance.While she cringes at the thought of being called Jenny again after all these years, her first teen book PLAN B, was published under Jenny O Connell by MTV Books March 2006 Jenny s second teen book, THE BOOK OF LUKE, arrived in April 2007, and her Martha s Vineyard Novels, LOCAL GIRLS and RICH BOYS, were published in June 2008.Her days as a high school senior may be long behind her, but Jennifer did receive her B.A from Smith College and her M.B.A from the University of Chicago.You can e mail Jennifer at jennifer