Item description for Pipaluk And The Whales by John Himmelman...
Based on an actual event, this moving story tells how a young Chukchi girl named Pipaluk saves the lives of thousands of beluga whales trappped in a channel with ice closing in around them in the Russian Arctic. When Pipa and her father discover the whales, their entire village comes together in a valiant effort to rescue the creatures. Finally, an ice-breaker arrives, cutting an opening to the sea for the whales. But the engine noise frightens the creatures, and it takes a clever plan of Pipa's to lure the whales to open water. At the end of the book, an author's note describes the real-life event that inspired this beautiful story.
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Studio: National Geographic Children's Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.02" Width: 8.84" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2002
Publisher National Geographic Children's Books
ISBN 0792282175 ISBN13 9780792282174
Availability 0 units.
More About John Himmelman
John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than seventy-five books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue, Duck to the Rescue, Katie Loves the Kittens, and Katie and the Puppy Next Door. As a martial arts student and instructor, he has a lot of experience with the human version of bunjitsu. He lives in Connecticut with his artist wife, Betsy.
John Himmelman currently resides in Killingworth, in the state of Connecticut.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Pipaluk And The Whales?
JP May 14, 2007
A wonderful true story about a community that worked together to save the whales trapped in the sea ice.
Pipaluk and the Whales Mar 5, 2006
This is a wonderful book based on a true story. My son, who is 5 years old, loves this story and asks me to read it again and again. Illustrations are superb too.
A touching, beautiful picturebook based on a true story. Mar 28, 2002
Written and illustrated by John Himmelman, Pipaluk And The Whales is a touching picturebook based on a true story. A young girl on the Chukchi Peninsula (a part of Russia just across the sea from Alaska) named Pipaluk finds thousands of whales trapped in a narrow opening in the ice. The whales have provided her village with food for centuries, and now it's their turn to help the whales. But all efforts to free the whales are in vain - until Pipaluk has an idea. Pipaluk And The Whales is a truly wonderful story for young readers and is filled with gentle, wintry illustrations.