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Wild Orca

Wild Orca

The Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World

Brenda Peterson; illustrations by Wendell Minor

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


A picture book homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca, who lived to be 105 years old!
For animal lovers and future environmentalists.

“Will Granny and her family come again this year?” Dark fins slice through whitecaps, heading straight toward shore.

Told from the perspective of young Mia and her family on a whale-watching excursion in the San Juan Islands, here is a moving homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca. This intimate and informative story celebrates the importance of respecting and protecting wildlife. It also sheds light on communication and family connections in both human and orca communities, all while answering essential questions about how these intelligent animals live.

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Praise for Wild Orca

A Junior Library Guild Selection
An NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

"Evocative watercolor illustrations show the appealing whales swimming and communicating, with the text integrating the whales' signature sounds into the story. An informative and entertaining introduction to this intriguing endangered species."--Kirkus Reviews

Minor’s glorious gouache paintings capture the joy of the day, setting the stage, introducing the characters—both human and dolphin—and showing these gymnasts in action. . . An engaging, possibly inspiring addition to any nature collection."--School Library Journal

Minor's fullbleed paintings of the orcas and their admirers, especially the underwater scenes, are stunning. An intriguing, visually appealing introduction to a remarkable animal."--Booklist


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Brenda Peterson; illustrations by Wendell Minor

Brenda Peterson is the author of Seal Pup Rescue, Leopard and Silkie, the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whale's Mysterious Journey and Duck and Cover, a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." She lives in Washington and is a co-founder of Seal Sitters.

Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including Robert Burleigh's Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, If You Spend a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond and Edward Hopper Paints His World, as well as the New York Times–bestselling Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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