Granny's Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas by Sally Hodson is based on actual orca, or killer whale, research. The book takes readers on a real-life adventure as it combines science with a story of family, friendship, and love among a wild orca clan.
Ethan and I sat down to read this one night and ended up spending over an hour pouring over every page, talking about orcas, and watching the videos from The Center for Whale Research. I couldn't get over how fascinated Ethan was to learn about the orcas. He was enthralled by the videos, and eager to re-read the book after watching them so he could point out some of the things he'd learned along the way.
The illustrations, done by Ann Jones, are just beautiful. She really captures the orcas in a way that reminds me a bit of a family album, lovingly created with pastels. The prose itself has a sort of lyrical rhythm to it without being too sing-songy or rhyming.
It really is such a wonderful book and one I highly recommend for children.. It would make a beautiful gift, especially with one of the lovely bookmarks you can print out.
One of the things I adore about books from Dawn Publications, is all of the Downloadable Activity resources that they make available on their website. This makes it so easy for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents alike to take full advantage of the book as a teaching tool. In fact, this book has a 58-page activity guide with enough curriculum to fill a whole unit on orcas!
Dr. Sally Hodson loves to tell stories and hopes hopes to inspire people to care for our planet and the animals who share it. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Colorado, with a focus on environmental education, ecology and animal behavior. Sally is an educator through and through having taught elementary, secondary and special needs students, as well as teachers. She also helps to develop curriculum. As the Executive Director at The Whale Museum, she helped coordinate the successful rescue and release of Springer, a wild orphaned orca. Sally lives on a Pacific Northwest island among cedar forests, bald eagles, and the orcas of Granny’s clan. To find lots more about orcas, see her website www.sallyhodson.com.
Disclosure: I received this book to review, but all opinions and thoughts are my own (and Ethan's!)