The Whales' Song Turtleback – Apr 1997
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Sheldon's poetic text manages to overlay a homespun practicality with an ethereal, fairy-tale magic. . . . Blythe's paintings are extraordinary. . . . These vibrant panoramas of the sea and of the whales leaping from the moonlit water possess a rare luminosity and beauty that should not be missed." "Publishers Weekly""
"In a spare, poetic narrative, Sheldon captures a child's wonder at these magnificent creatures, echoed, in a splendid debut, in Blythe's generously broad oil paintings. . . . Outstanding." "Kirkus Reviews"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
GARY BLYTHE is an award-winning illustrator. His first children's picture book, The Whales' Song, written by Dyan Sheldon, won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1990. Gary lives in the Wirral, near Liverpool. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
So begins Lilly's grandmother, who goes on to tell her young granddaughter about a time not all that long ago, when she was a girl herself... a time when whales still sang and danced in the ocean.
In the length of a picture story, author Dyan Sheldon has succeeded in creating a haunting, unforgettable glimpse into a future that might come to be. She makes our hearts ache for a loss we haven't realized yet. Her poetic, evocative text delivers a powerful message, yet is never preachy.
Equally powerful are the stunning oil paintings of illustrator Gary Blythe. His Lilly is so astonishingly real, one can almost feel the warmth of her cheeks, the softness of her dark curls, the breath from her lips as she sleeps open-mouthed in moonlight. Blythe is equally at home depicting a convincingly detailed and cluttered sitting room, as he is offering a lonely beach occupied only by a single sea shell.
The Whales' Song is a power house of a book for all ages - an absolute gem.
Whales have a the ability to make a much higher pitched sound than the human ear can hear. It is their song, or communicating which facinates us.
This book offers magnificent and realistic paintings which will delight your eyes as well as your heart.
The grandmother tells of the whales, is it real or fantasy? All the while a great uncle so blatently informs the little girl what whales were used for in the past.
As we know, whales have much larger brains then ours- who is to say they would not sing for a kind gesture from a loving stranger?
This book has found a special place in our home library, I hope it will for you or someone you love as well.
The story is good, but not excellent. The relationship between the main character and her grandmother is very well drawn. However, the book wavers between real life and the dream world. At the end of the book when the whales call the main character's name, we had to answer questions about whether the girl was going to live with the whales forever because they had called her.
This is not a bad book, but a bit too disquieting to become a favorite for us.
Most recent customer reviews
I have purchased this book for all my nieces. We read this book over and over again and it never ceases to lose it charm and its ability to touch the heart. Read morePublished on July 8 1999 by Cbart15356@aol.com
My daughter and I love this book. We read it over and over again and it never gets old. At the end, we have tears in our eyes. It is a touching story. Read morePublished on Dec 21 1998
I think that this book has to be one of the loveliest books that I have ever read to my neice. The first time that I picked it up in the bookstore and read through it, I cried. Read morePublished on June 27 1998