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Dear Greenpeace [Paperback]

Simon James
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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29 July 1993
Taking the form of letters between a small girl and Greenpeace, this book tells the story of a girl who finds a whale in her garden pond. Simon James has also written My Friend Whale' and Sally and the Limpet.

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  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744530601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744530605
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 big book edition is also available.


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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming story, beautifully presented 1 Mar 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Picture Book Ever to Distract Me 9 Nov 2002
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great teaching resource 13 Jun 2009
This Simon James book is great to use in the classroom with any age group. An unsuspecting book which raises issues of loneliness,global awareness and wildlife. For those of you sharing this book with a child, ask them to think about why Emily believes there is a whale in her pond; compare her letter structure to that of Greenpeace's and ask them to write letters to/from Greenpeace about a different sea creature. You're bound to get some great writing/thinking skills happening.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book 14 Oct 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A precious and magical little tale. 14 Oct 2000
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for KS1 literacy hours 24 Sep 2001
By A Customer
A brilliant book for literacy hours. Katie writes to Greenpeace about the whale in the back garden pond- a delightful way of bringing in environmental issues and information texts about endangered species. get your children to write letters to Greenpeace for information to encourage their letter writing, or write a class version of Dear Greenpeace about another endangered species (where it should live, what it eats and why its endangered)
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab books for y1 27 Jun 2014
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used this text for my year 1 class. They really enjoyed it and it was a useful resource for the topic on "letters"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable idea, for older than James' usual audience
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). Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. J. Noyes
5.0 out of 5 stars My sons love this story
My three boys love this. They are aged 4, 6 and 8. It's not all 'green' as the title might suggest. It is just a beautiful story with lots to discuss, and hidden meanings and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Han
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love this book. It's marvelous for pre school age children. The item was as described & arrived in a timely fashion.
Published 19 months ago by janine calikes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I bought this book for my class (I teach KS1) it is such a lovely book and cheers me up when i read it to them. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rhi
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for all
Purchased this book to use with Primary age children for some work about environmental issues.
I think it's a great book. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Booklover1
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Greenpeace
This is a beautiful book. We were told about it on our PGCE course and you'll find so many ideas on line to link in with the story. Read more
Published on 1 May 2010 by teacher kate
5.0 out of 5 stars great stroy for children
A lovely story and gets the children thinking about whales. I do like the hardback version with the letters to take out and open though.
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by Mrs. Kathryn Notarianni
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