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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (March 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920501966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920501962
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This gentle and poignant tale features striking photorealist coloured-pencil artwork." (Canadian Children's Book Centre Classic Canadian Reading 2008-11-01)

About the Author

Sheryl McFarlane is the author of several award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sherylbooks.wordpress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sherylbooks.

Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. Follow him on Twitter @ronlightburn.

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ONCE, in a cedar-shingled cottage on a bluff by the sea, there lived a lonely old man. Read the first page
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"Waiting for the Whales" was an inspiring picture story book about the death of a man who was quietly admired by his grand daughter and daughter. His interests and values were honest, respectful and sincere. After his death, they watch at their window overlooking the ocean, for the orcas to return, thinking about his love of the whales and the special bond he had with them.
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A special relationship exists between granddaughter and grandfather and the Orca whales are right in the middle. Read this beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations to young and old. I can't read it to my elementary school children without shedding a tear! One of my very very favorite!
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HASH(0xa1b3430c) out of 5 stars Grandparents are special Nov. 7 2000
By Debra Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Waiting for the Whales" was an inspiring picture story book about the death of a man who was quietly admired by his grand daughter and daughter. His interests and values were honest, respectful and sincere. After his death, they watch at their window overlooking the ocean, for the orcas to return, thinking about his love of the whales and the special bond he had with them.
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HASH(0xa1b34714) out of 5 stars Beautifully written and illustrated book about life. Oct. 6 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A special relationship exists between granddaughter and grandfather and the Orca whales are right in the middle. Read this beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations to young and old. I can't read it to my elementary school children without shedding a tear! One of my very very favorite!
HASH(0xa1b34540) out of 5 stars A wonderful read April 23 2013
By D. Akers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is a terrific review of this book offered by a children's librarian who does curation of books (including this title) at an e-book firm called Bookboard. Reading that made me want to get my hands on this book, soon. I really appreciate books that sensitively handle themes around the natural life cycle and death in ways that children can process: [...]
HASH(0xa1b34b1c) out of 5 stars Finally found it! June 24 2010
By poohcrazy - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this book one day at the store but I didn't buy it. Then I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was very hard to find just based on what I had remembered. The book is deep and on the sad side even though it's a really special book. I'm not sure how I would give this book as a gift unless you had that specific scenario going on from the book.
HASH(0xa1b34978) out of 5 stars Perfect Reading to Little Ones--Amazon Verified Purchase Feb. 10 2010
By B. Lateefah Abdul-jabbaar - Published on Amazon.com
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My 5 year-old grandson loved my reading of this story. It deals with a loving relationship between a grandfather and grandchild. It can open up future discussions on death. A wonderful story. I recommend this to every grandparent.
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