Trapped! : a whale's rescue (#0963KRX)

by Burleigh, Robert; illustrated by Minor, Wendell

6 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Charlesbridge, 2015
Price: USD 16.62
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Dewey: 599.5; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.4
AR 4.8 LG .5 180702EN; RC 2.8 2; LEX AD510L


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Includes bibliographical references. Text and illustrations look at the rescue of a humpback whale that got trapped in a fishing net.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 599.5
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Tracings: Minor, Wendell, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-58089-558-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58089-558-3
  • LCCN: 2013-049029
  • Follett Number: 0963KRX
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 180702EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 2.8
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD510L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 05/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews, 02/15/15
  • Library Media Connection starred, 12/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/09/15
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 05/01/16

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (May 1, 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 17))
Preschool-Grade 3. Based on an event that took place near San Francisco in 2005, this picture book depicts a humpback whale swimming, diving, and feeding freely until she becomes entangled in abandoned, drifting nets. Her struggles draw the ropes tighter until, trapped, she stops and lies still. Boats bring rescuers to the scene. Five divers cut the lines, one by one, until the whale can swim again. “She moves among the cheering rescuers, softly nudging each one, as if saying thanks.” The whale breaches and swims away. In Minor’s beautifully composed gouache paintings, the whale is a silent but enormously empathetic character. Several appended pages offer more information about the actual event, whale rescues in general, and humpback whales in particular. Adults reading the book aloud may want to introduce words such as spyhop, lobtail, fluke, and krill before beginning, to avoid breaking the cadence of the writing once the story is underway. Like the stately illustrations, the precise prose has a dignity that is worthy of its subject and unusual in a picture book for preschool and primary-grade children. Although the episode of the whale’s entrapment and release is short, it will linger in young listeners’ minds long after the book is closed.

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