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Big Blue Whale (Read and Wonder) [Paperback]

Nicola Davies , Nick Maland
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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May 2001 Read and Wonder
A great resource for teachers!

Read and Wonder books tell stories, take children on adventures,
and reveal how big and WONDER-full the natural world really is.

Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA) (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763610801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763610807
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.9 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,590,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a zoologist by training and by passion - I've been lucky enough to see all sorts of animals in all sorts of places - Sperm whales off Dominica, gibbons in NE India, orang utans and hornbills and proboscis monkeys in Borneo (and that was just last year). But I love the ravens and blackbirds, barn owls and badgers in my own patch in S Wales. All my books are about the natural world in some way. I want my readers to feel the same fizz of excitement about animals that I do.

I used to have a small holding with sheep and chickens and the World's Daftest Dog, Flint. Sometimes, whilst I was waiting for the last kids to filter into the school hall on school visits, I'd tell the ones in the front row stories about the things that happened on my little 'farm'- escaping sheep, cockerels that sat on eggs - and they laughed. And that's how the Silver Street Farm books were born. I giggled myself silly writing them, and I think my readers laugh too. I love making people laugh.

I also rather enjoy making my readers cry. You know you've scored a writing goal if someone's wiping their eyes when you read a book to them. My novels A Girl Called Dog and Rubbish Town Hero and the new one coming soon Whale Boy, all have tear jerking moments. It's not that I like to torture my readers its just that even quite little children sometimes have horrible things happen to them, and I want to be truthful about that in the stories I write. So there are dark and scary things in my novels, but also lots of fun although can't promise that my endings are 'and they all lived happily ever after'.

Last year 2012 I wrote six books. I'm rather proud of myself! So there's lots of new things coming in 2013. The Lion Who Stole My arm, based on a true story about man eating lions, from Mozambique, one about village- trampling elephants called the Elephant Road, also based on a true story. And a very special picture book called The Promise, about how one heart changing can change the world. I'll be doing lots of events this year - starting with the Imagine Festival at the South Bank in February and including a tour of schools in Carthage and New York in the US and the Hay Festival and May.

One of the big perks of my job is working with fantastic illustrators that make my words come alive. Mark Hearld did a stunning job with A First Book of Nature and he's working on another one of mine now. Emily Sutton's made micro life sparkle with her illustrations of my book Tiny, out soon. And Laura Carlin's pictures for The Promise are amazing.

When I'm not writing, I sing. Singing makes me super happy. Not sure how happy it makes the people who come to hear me! Oh yeah and I work in schools, meeting readers and having a lovely time - the best perk of all of being a children's writer is working with children.

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"Nicola Davies is an author who gets the balance exactly right. Her scientific love of the particular translates into the precise, well-chosen language that so appeals to children." TES" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Find out about the largest mammal on the planet in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the new Nature Storybooks series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource for KS2 children! 28 April 2002
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Reading this book through with children aged 8 and 10 was a joy as they loved every minute of it! You can make curriculum links to geography and learn about the life of the whale. Very descriptive language presented in different formats. A Must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful language and stunning imagery. 24 Jun 2001
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Decievingly like a fiction book from the front cover this book gives information about whales in an inviting, interesting way. Excellent for teachers studying the use of similes and adjectives. The text plays around with language and explores how language can be presented on the page. The illustrations are delighful. This is a book children will want to look at over and over again. A must for any KS2 teacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Blue Whale is the best book I have read. 29 Dec 2000
By A Customer
It's very good because it tells you lots of things, like a blue whale can grow to over thirty metres long. I read it lots of times and it made me really happy. We first got it from the library so I had to take it back and that made me really really sad. So now I am buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 Mar 2014
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I loved this book. So well illustrated with very informative text - this book is great for sharing with one child or a class. My class were very sad for the two distinct families of whales which appear to be forever destined to pass for ships in the night. The size of the whale's eye in the head of such a large animal also invited great discussion and the size of the ear even more so. This is a lovely book.
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