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Dear Greenpeace Hardcover – 27 Jun 1991


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (27 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074451536X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744515367
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 21.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon James first book, The Day Jake Vacuumed, was published in 1989 - and two more books about Jake soon followed. "My Friend Whale", was the first of several concerned with a child's relationship with the natural world - "Dear Greenpeace", "Sally and the Limpet", "The Wild Woods" and "The Birdwatchers" have established Simon as one of the country's leading author/illustrators. "Leon and Bob" won the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award and was the New York Times' Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and "Days Like This", a collection of small poems, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. "Baby Brains" was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2005, voted for by 25,000 children. Simon continues to be a much sought-after speaker in schools, and at festivals and conferences both in the UK and in the USA. He continues to enjoy international success with his latest books, George Flies South and Nurse Clementine. His latest title, due out next year is called Rex, a book about dinosaurs and adoption!

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This big book edition is perfect for sharing with groups of children.

An unusual and rather lovely picture book, Dear Greenpeace combines delightful, light illustrations with sharp, intelligent text in the form of letters.

Worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily embarks on a correspondence with Greenpeace which, despite offering the best of advice, insists that it would be impossible for a whale to live in a pond. Undeterred, young Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free.

Unique, quirky, gentle, warm hearted and thoughtful, Dear Greenpeace is a pleasure to read, and cleverly avoids the trap of being preachy and precious about its subject. (Ages 3 to 6) -- Susan Harrison

A regular size edition is also available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The illustrations are delightful... Children are bound to love this quirky story with its mischievious humour." Junior Education" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Perkins on 1 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This really is a delightful book. It’s a very short story – but beautifully presented. Each letter Emily writes is on a little notelet in an envelope stuck to the page addressed to Greenpeace. Greenpeace’s (fictional) replies are printed on alternate pages.
This makes for a really ‘personal’ kind of read with your child. Emily’s letters and envelopes are on sufficiently heavy grade paper that, with a little supervision from me, my three-year-old hasn’t done any damage to them yet.
The illustrations are charming – showing Emily earnestly corresponding with Greenpeace whilst family life goes on around her – Dad rushing out to work, her baby brother emptying his cereal all over the floor or the TV blaring out a gameshow as Emily composes her next letter.
We’ve read it so often that my daughter takes the letters out and pretends to read them out loud, and almost gets the actual content spot on for the point of the story we’re at.
My only complaint: it ends all too quickly.
Emily! Start writing to someone else!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Tuffen on 9 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I cam across this book when I was working in a library and though I was supposed to shelve it, I put it to one side and snuck a peek at it every now and then.
I was very impressed, and immedietly set about getting it. I throughly enjoyed the witty comments and inocence of a girl who discovers a whale in her garden pond, and goes about trying to look after him. Her main source of advice is Greenpeace, though they will insist on telling her she couldn't possibly have a whale in her pond.
The pictures were also wonderful, and the idea of tracking the story of a girl and her whale through letters was highly successful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 May 2014
Format: Paperback
This is the first Simon James book that I haven't read to my son. Just felt he wasn't old enough yet at three to appreciate it (or understand the concept of Greenpeace).

I will return to it though. It's wonderful. A series of letters back and forth between Emily and Greenpeace about the whale Emily has found in her pond. Is she lying? Mistaken? Imagining? Or telling the truth?

This is perfect for a KS1 class, looking at letters, pond life, stories, the environment, oceans. Wonderful illustrations and a lovely set of letters.
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Format: Paperback
Simon James is an award winning author and illustrator. I saw the reviews and thought I will get this book for my kids. This is a simple story, written in letter format. This illustrations are lovely.
It s about Emily who writes to Greenpeace regarding a whale she saw in her pond. She asks for more information on whales.
Greenpeace responds with the information. Greenpeace tries to emphasise that the whale wouldn't be living in a pond over a course of many letters. I must admit, initially I was wondering how it will end. I like the ending very much. Emily reads the letters from Greenpeace to her whale who she named Arthur. Then one day he disappears. Greenpeace responds saying perhaps when she is older she would like to sail the oceans studying and protecting whales with Greenpeace. The last letter is Emily saying she saw Arthur at the sea side, she told him she loves him and Greenpeace loves him too!
A simple message. So beautifully conveyed. There is no scenario where the child is lying. Or by some magical twist there really was a whale. It is up to the reader to interpret it as he wishes. I love the story. I love the message behind it. I love the idea of protecting our animals being instilled in children.
This is indeed a beautiful book. Simple, but it touches the heart.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember when I first saw this book and flicked through it just to see what it was like. I found it very amusing, funny, and sometimes even sad.
It's the story of a little girl called Emily who finds a whale in her pond and writes to Greenpeace, as she would like some information on whales. Greenpeace write back telling her that there is no way she could have seen a whale in her pond, because whales only live in the sea, Emily continues to write to Greenpeace telling them how the whale is getting on day by day.
I found this story wonderful and would reccomend it to anyone Between the ages of 1 and 6.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gem Simmonite on 14 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
This little book caught my eye initially because of the strange title. From the minute I began to read It I was completely charmed. It is the story (written in letter form) about a little girl who believes she has found a whale in her garden pond. Sensibly so, she writes to Greenpeace to seek their advice on how she should look after it. The humour is derived from the Greenpeace replies, each one more adamant that there is absolutely "NO" possibility of a huge mammal residing there. Of course the beautiful illustrations let us in on the fact that Emily and her whale are enjoying time together! and her dogged calm persistance, when replying to Greenpeace is hilarious. The lovely ending (which I shan't reveal) Left me quite misty eyed! Even though my two year old is a little young for this story, I'm starting to read it to her, as I know that my joy and admiration for this story will rub off on her.
The only thing that dissapointed me a little was that I expected some of the proceeds to go to charity (With the link to greenpeace) It would have made it even more special.
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