While on a summer vacation, Emily discovers a whale living in her garden pond. So she writes to her teacher, Mr. Blueberry, for advice on how to care for her new pet. But Mr. Blueberry reponds that she must be mistaken, as whales live in the ocean, not in ponds. In a delightful exhange of letters, Emily learns about whales, and Mr. Blueberry ...
While on a summer vacation, Emily discovers a whale living in her garden pond. So she writes to her teacher, Mr. Blueberry, for advice on how to care for her new pet. But Mr. Blueberry reponds that she must be mistaken, as whales live in the ocean, not in ponds. In a delightful exhange of letters, Emily learns about whales, and Mr. Blueberry learns about imagination, faith, and friendship. Full color.
This is a very short story, easily read in 2 minutes, but that isn't the point. Read this story with a small child and probe for understanding. Is the fantasy true or false, or is that even the issue? The adult in us says the child is wrong, but that misses the story. This is a gentle story of trust and sharing by a child, a story easily grasped by a child and easily misunderstood by an adult. Read to rediscover your imagination.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-06-03 An ecologically aware girl is sure she sees a whale in her swimming pond, despite her teacher's missives. Ages 4-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-13 Told in epistolary form, this heartwarming tale concerns an ecologically aware girl who thinks she sees a whale in her swimming pond. She writes to her teacher for advice, but Mr. Blueberry--apparently a stolid sort--informs her that whales live not ``in ponds, but in salt water.'' Emily persists in her nurturing, however, to the betterment of her newfound friend--``He looked blue. Does this mean he might be a blue whale?''--and the delight of readers. Though everything looks blue for Emily when Arthur disappears from the pond, nature--and Emily--triumph in an ending that may bring a small, non-whale-sized lump to many throats. James's ( Sally and the Limpet ) latest book is a tribute to a child's love, imagination and pure caring. His ingenuous art displays many homey details (baby brother upends a cereal box as Emily reads Mr. Blueberry's latest missive), and the text beautifully contrasts the candor and directness of the child with the slightly pedantic, narrow viewpoint of the teacher. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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