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An ecologically aware girl is sure she sees a whale in her swimming pond, despite her teacher's missives. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- It is summer, and Emily discovers that a whale is living in the pond in her yard. Eager to learn more about this amazing animal, she writes a series of letters to her teacher, Mr. Blueberry, asking for information about whales and their habits. The humor of the situation lies in Mr. Blueberry's replies. He sends Emily some details, but he is also quite adamant that whatever is in her pond is not a whale since they live in salt water. Nevertheless, both Emily and readers know that indeed there is a whale in the pond, and the proof is the amusing, full-page watercolor cartoons. Emily shares her letters with the whale, who, after hearing about his species' migratory habits, leaves the pond to return to the ocean. (How he does this is not explained.) At first, Emily is saddened at her loss, but a chance meeting with Arthur on the beach gives her the opportunity to say goodbye. This story is a nice blend of fantasy and reality with a smattering of facts. The large print and simple vocabulary make it appropriate for beginning readers. --Laura Culberg, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689807686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689807688
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought more than one copy of this book to use at school with third graders.
waldeka
Great way to teach about whales, friendly letter writing, and how adults may not know everything or be right about everything.
Nora
It's about a girl named Emily who writes letters to her teacher Mr. Blueberry.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I liked Dear Mr Blueberry because it was funny and and because a girl is asking her teacher for information about whales. They send letters to each other. Emily finds out that a whale lives in her pond and feeds it bread and cornflakes. She named the whale Arthur. Her teacher tries to convince her that there is not a whale in her pond. I like this book. This is one of my favorite books. I like the pictures a lot. I give this book five stars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a substitute teacher, I carry this book to every grade I teach. I use it to introduce a Whale Theme, a Letter Writing Theme, or just for fun. I have shared it with other teachers. Kids love it. It is just a great book for all!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Room 224 on April 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Do you like to write letters? If you do you should read Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James. This is a great story about a little girl named Emily that writes letters back and forth with her teacher. This book has super pictures and some great information about whales. Well, we don't want to give away the story so you'll have to read it and find out what happens! We would recommend this book to someone who likes to write letters and wants some cool information about whales.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annette Manganello on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this story. My third grade students enjoyed the playful letters between Emily and Mr. Blueberry. We are studying animals in science and they are doing a research project on an animal. We are modeling a writing project after the format of this book. They are writing the letters from both perspectives using the animal they are learning about. They are enjoying being the 'expert' on their animal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori MacMichael on January 11, 2007
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Wow! This book serves a plethora of functions... From the very young they will be enchanted with the beautifully jewel toned colours on the pages... If your child likes ocean animals they will learn all about whales in this beautifully told tale of the growing bond between a young student and her teacher as Mr. Blueberry teaches and corrects her misconceptions of whales habits and habitats. It is a great vehicle to use in the classroom to teach letter writing, writing notebook, and several other writing workshop minilessons. Great literacy selection... My son who is 6 as well as my class of aged 10 and 11 year olds adore this book on many different levels... ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Pascale on November 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been using this book with my kindergarten and first grade to introduce text illustration. They absolutely love it. I get applause every time I read it.

The illustrations are beautiful watercolors inspired by Emily's view of what is going on in her back yard.

My favorite part of the book is that readers are not told conclusively whether there was actually a whale in Emily's pond. It preserves a bit of the magic of believing that Arthur the whale was real.

A wonderful book for boys and girls.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the picture book Dear Mr. Blueberry greatly. It describes well how a little girl feels when someone tells her that what she says she saw cannot be real. It is a pretty sad book that is made up of letters a little girl, Emily, writes to her teacher, Mr. Blueberry, about a whale she finds in her pond. I will not tell you the conclusion because it is only good when you read the book. I reccomend this book to people of all ages. Even though it is a kids' book you can get something out of it every time you read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a little girl named Emily. Emily thinks that there is a whale in her backyard, so she decides to write to her favorite teacher "Mr.Blueberry. Mr. Blueberry answers that she must be mistaken, because whales don't live in ponds, they live in oceans. One day Mr. Blueberry wrote a letter back to Emily about how whales were migratory, and she read it to her whale named Arthur. The next day, Emily looked in her backyard and Arthur was gone.

Days and days have passed and Emily was still sad about Arthur, she gave up and thaught that Mr.Blueberry was right. After a while she went to the beach and she saw Arthur there. Emily was finally very happy about Arthur and went back to the beach almost everyday to see him. I think that this was a great book.

by:Zara El Amrani
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