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 16.71
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Dewey: 599.5; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 2.4
AR 4.8 LG .5 180702EN; RC 2.8 2; LEX AD510L
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-1; Ages 4-6
From Booklist: Preschool-Grade 3; Kirkus: Ages 4-10; PW: Ages 4-6; SLJ: PreS-Gr 2


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Product Overview
From Follett

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

From the Publisher
A giant whale trapped in nets and ropes. Can she be helped?

A humpback whale migrating south along the California coast becomes tangled in a fishing trawler's ropes and nets. As she struggles to free herself, the ropes twist more tightly around her body, digging into her skin. The whale fights until she is too tired to continue. What happens next will astound and inspire.

Based on true events, this is a story of interspecies cooperation and the importance of human responsibility to protect the earth and its many inhabitants.

Wendell Minor's breathtaking paintings illustrate the majesty of the gentle humpback whale in her blue-green undersea world and the amazing efforts of humans--creatures a mere fraction of her size--who risked their lives to save her. Back matter includes the story behind the story, further information about humpback whales, and facts about whale rescue efforts

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
  • Reading Level: 2.4
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-1
  • Ages: 4-6
  • Booklist: Preschool-Grade 3
  • Kirkus: Ages 4-10
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 4-6
  • School Library Journal: PreS-Gr 2
  • 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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