Children's Books Title: The Adventures of the Thundering Whales and the Dreaded Weaved Catcher Author: Stephen T Vadakin Rating: Excellent! Publisher: Create Space Web Page: createspace .com Publisher's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Reviewed by: Zanne Marie Gray | View Bio THIS CHIDRENS BOOK WAS NAMED CHILDRENS BOOK OF THE MOUTH BY BOOKREVIEW.COM Quick. Raise your hand if you knew that a dolphin was a whale. Not a lot of hands up, are there? Not even mine. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned while reading The Adventures of the Thundering Whales. I remember wishing I had a child to read the book to. Then I realized what I really wanted was a movie version of the book, with all its characters portrayed in glorious color, like a "Finding Nemo", but with so much more to say. Most of the time I find Children's books that anthropomorphize their animal characters lose their ability to teach. An animal (or mammal, or fish, or bird, etc.) can not take on human attributes without losing some of their own. But the author, Stephen Vadakin, has spent enough time studying marine life to allow his characters to keep their real life tendencies and reactions as true as possible. For instance, did you know that sperm whale and squid were enemies? Vadakin not only tells a great tale, with danger and excitement and fully fleshed out characters, he includes a vocabulary lesson at the end of each chapter so that everyone involved knows what plankton, krill, fluke and bioluminescense are. The lessons of friendship, helping and putting aside ones differences for the greater good are all demonstrated in the tale. The one thing that I found awkward was the use of third person, present tense throughout the story. It took a while to get used to hearing a children's story in present tense. I also would have enjoyed many more graphics. I suppose this is why I'd like to see this made into a movie. The different characters, while mostly in the whale family, are so distinct that only animation could do it justice. The Weaved Catcher is the first book in Stephen Vadakin's series "The Adventures of the Thundering Whales." The books follow the exciting adventures of the three young dolphin friends Thunder, Flukie and Sapphire. In The Weaved Catcher, Thunder becomes caught in a fishing net and falls far, far down into the ocean depths. How can he ever escape? What happens when his friends rush to rescue him? When you read the answers to these questions in the book, you will meet some massive and amazing sea creatures. Blue whales, humpback whales, a giant squid and the Swordfish Police Patrol are all part of the fun and adventures!
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