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Waiting for the Whales [Paperback]

Sheryl McFarlane , Ron Lightburn
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March 1 2002
In this timeless story set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends his garden. And waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day, his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth or knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear. A gentle story that illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child, Waiting for the Whales also suggests that aging and death are only part of a greater cycle of rebirth and continuity.

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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)

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The old man watched the pod of orcas leap and breach and smack their tail flukes against the water. And as he stood on the bluff, his heart leapt with the whales below. It seemed to him that there was nothing more wonderful than these great mammals of the sea.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandparents are special Nov. 7 2000
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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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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5.0 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and illustrated book about life. Oct. 6 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
5.0 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: [...]
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally found it! June 24 2010
By poohcrazy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Reading to Little Ones--Amazon Verified Purchase Feb. 10 2010
By B. Lateefah Abdul-jabbaar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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