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The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen
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The Stranded Whale

by Jane Yolen

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Three kids were walking from school when they saw a big Whale lying on the shore of the beach. They were doing everything they could to save the whale. Then, they realized they couldn't do it alone, so they called for help. Still, all of the help that came, was not enough. Because of the children's courageous decisions, they were awarded medals. ( )
  kmparnell | Aug 24, 2017 |
The whale dies, which is what normally happens to beached whales. Still, a good story. ( )
  melodyreads | Apr 14, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763669539, Hardcover)

Tender and heartrending, Jane Yolen’s clear-eyed tale of a child’s effort to rescue a beached whale evokes a fierce love of wildlife and a universal sense of loss.

Sally and her brothers are walking home from school along the dunes in their Maine town when they come upon an enormous whale. He’s stranded on the beach. Her brother runs for help, and many people rally to respond, but the tide is going out quickly and the whale is just so big. Still, Sally is able to sit near the whale’s massive eye and tell him he’s beautiful and strong, and that she will miss him no matter what happens. Master storyteller Jane Yolen and illustrator Melanie Cataldo have created an authentic portrait of vulnerability that is at once spare, moving, and honest.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:57:06 -0400)

When Sally and her brother spot a beached whale on their way home from school in Maine, the town races to save the whale. Meanwhile, Sally sits close to the whale's eye and assures the stranded creature of its strength and beauty.

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