Finally a little free time at school, so have beenreorganizing books in my office, then going in to browse in our library. This first one is an older book, another magical book about whales. The second is not a new story, but told in a fun way for younger children.
Because of the recent special book about whales, Following Papa's Song, this book caught my eye. In my own library, hiding in a stack. It's a wonderfully inspiring story of the people of the Chukchi Peninsula and the crew of the icebreaker Moskva risked their lives to savethousands of beluga whales.
The whales were trapped by ice floes freezing their exit out into the open ocean. While waiting for the icebreaker ship, the native peoples worked hard to chop the ice to keep holes open so the whales could breathe. There is a further surprise in the story, how the ship got the whales to follow through the narrow channel. The illustrations are gorgeous paintings, showing actions of the people and the whales. The story is based on a news account of this event.
I don't know how many times I've read about this feud/friendship, but the story never tires, and this time, the book will fit well with younger students. The basic story is shared about the friendship, the later feuding and even anger over political matters, but finally these two illustrious men stop speaking. There are some good moments, and marvelous, cartoon-like illustrations, detailed and respectful of the men portrayed. I especially love the double-page spread of all the men standing over a table, ready to sign the Declaration of Independence. Rather inspiring.
I just have a few days left of school, and then really can dive in to the stacks of books I have waiting. Hope your last days are great, or you're already enjoying summer break!