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Grayson by Lynne Cox
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Grayson (2006)

by Lynne Cox

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Fabulous description and emotion. A unique perspective on understanding the ocean and whales in particular. Great human/whale interaction. ( )
  Smoscoso | Jun 20, 2018 |
This story would be much more captivating in the form of a picture book or magazine article. ( )
  LynneCatherine | Mar 21, 2018 |
Light, heart-warming tale of a swimmer and the baby whale she befriends. Seems a bit forced at times, but otherwise a nice story (ostensibly true). Tear jerky toward the end. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This heartwarming story might leave you short of breath. It follows competitive swimmer Lynne Cox on a practice swim as she discovers a baby gray whale that was separated from its mother in ocean waters off the coast of California. She knows that she cannot come ashore since the baby whale might follow her and end up dying on the beach. Instead, she heads offshore to an area of oil rigs in hopes that she can spot the baby whale's mother. Cox makes multiple deep dives when the baby gray whale seems to have disappeared. The baby gray whale cannot survive without the nutrition and protection provided by its mother.

This book is a lovely tribute to mother nature in all her glory - with a tip of the hat to the mighty ocean, her thriving plants such as kelp, and the magnificent creatures which abound in the sea. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Nov 8, 2014 |
This was on the bookshelf at the guest cottage where I'm staying, and it was pretty enough to be irresistible (I'm easy that way). Not particularly well-written—more like an extended version of one of those heart-warming/amazing animal stories people link to on Facebook—but it was short and the story was quite charming, and I enjoyed the ocean life descriptions.

Here's a good example of a book I would have put down after the first few pages if I were reading it as an e-book, but I loved holding the object in my hands—it was small, nicely designed, deckle edges—and happy to pick it back up again whenever I'd put it down. ( )
  lisapeet | Aug 7, 2013 |
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The true story of a miraculous encounter between a teenaged girl and a baby whale off the coast of California

 

It was the dark of early morning; seventeen-year-old Lynne Cox was swimming her last half mile back to the pier after a long workout when she became aware that something was swimming with her. The ocean was charged with energy as if a squall was moving in; whatever it was felt large enough to be a white shark coursing beneath her body. In fact, it was a baby gray whale. Lynne quickly realized that if she swam back to the pier, the young calf would follow her to shore and die from collapsed lungs. On the other hand, if Lynne didn’t find the mother whale, the baby would suffer from dehydration and starve to death. Something so enormous—the mother whale would be at least fifty feet long—suddenly seemed very small in the vast Pacific Ocean. This is the story—part mystery, part magical tale—of what happened.

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The author describes how, while training for a long-distance swim off the coast of California, she encountered a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother and had been following her instead, and her efforts to find the baby's mother.

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