A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

228. Adelina's Whales by Richard Sobol

Adelina's Whales by Richard Sobol (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 32
Ages: 8+
Finished: Oct. 3, 2011
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Genre: children, non-fiction, nature, marine life, picture book
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

La Laguna is the name of a quiet, dusty fishing village on the sandy shore of Laguna San Ignacio, in Baja California, Mexico.

Acquired: Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan.

Reason for Reading: I am reading Richard Sobol's entire backlist with my son and discussing the life of a photographer/photojournalist as a career option while doing so.

Sobol offers us another book filled with gorgeous photography of gray whales, up close and personal, as here on La Laguna the whales allow people to come right up to them and pet them.  We follow ten-year-old Adelina who lives in a grouping of box-like structures patched together with wood and metal on the beach.  She adores her life here especially when in January the whales arrive from up north.  We learn about Adelina's life and that of the whales through Adelina's family, her father and grandfather.  A lovely story with tremendous photography to accompany it.

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