Illustrated by Melanie Cataldo
I began this book after I heard of a whale (or porpoises) stranding and rescue effort in one of the fishing villages in Fife, Scotland where I have a summer home. A friend who saw it all told me about it. I set it back in time and place to the 1970s when my husband and I iused to take our children camping beachside in Maine. Though we never saw a whale stranding (the word stranding comes fromthe old word for beach—“strand”) but did witness a pregnant shark stranded on land give birth to a baby. Nature can be brutal and beautiful at the same time.
I thought the manuscript—because it pulls no punches—would be difficult to sell in a picture book market that valued light, breezy, bright, upbeat stories. Imagine my surprise when the very first editor I sent it to took it. She found the marvelous Melanie Cataldo a new artist. And voila!
There is a Chinese edition.
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What reviewers have said:
- “This poignant story reminds readers that despite human efforts, not all living beings can be saved and honestly portrays the frustration and sadness that can result. A thought-provoking choice—School Library Journal
- “A moving, memorable addition to the nature collection.”—Kirkus Reviews