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Humphrey the Lost Whale Paperback – December 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Heian (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893463469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893463465
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3 A light-hearted approach to the problem of beached whales, Humphrey's story allows librarians to give a happy ``yes'' to that often asked question, ``Is this a true story?'' A humpback whale makes a wrong turn in San Francisco Bay and finds himself trapped in the fresh water of Sacramento River. With the help of scientists and whale watching friends, he makes his way back to the safety of his salty ocean home. Notes give more details about Humphrey's ordeal that began in October 1985, lasted almost a month, and cost $80,000 for rescue efforts. Children can trace Humphrey's journey on the endpaper map. The watercolor illustrations are cleverly peopled with whale watchers of all ages who watch from their boats, from atop bridges, and from the banks as Humphrey splashes and spouts his way through the pages. For older children, Goldner & Vogel's Humphrey the Wrong-Way Whale (Dillon, 1987) is another factual account; it has photographs. Betty Craig Campbell, Brewton Elementary School, Ala.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A great read for children just starting to appreciate books.
Thomas F. Isenburg
I needed it because we had been making weekly trips to the library to check this book out.
Tamara Levy
Several years ago I read this book to my nephews while we waited for the doctor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
The kind of book you think of when you're looking for a good whale story. Lots of personality and drama, and a super read-aloud for kids even as young as 4. Another fun whale story is The Whale Comedian, which is more humorous and whimsical, but, like Humphrey, shows what kids like most: how we can be friends with these exciting sea creatures.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
The kids I used to babysit used to demand that I read this one incessantly. Very well-written, well-illustrated and cute.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mandie Joy on November 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I first saw this book on Reading Rainbow, one of my favorite PBS shows as a kid. The story fascinated me, and I'm glad I was able to get my hands on a copy. It's about a whale who can't seem to stay with his family (which all kids can identify with at one time or another), and how the community helps him find them again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 1, 2004
Format: Library Binding
I think this book is good because it is a true story about a lost humpback whale that goes into the Sacramento River. I like this book because we are studying marine mammals in class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nfbirder on December 19, 2013
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I read this book as a kid and just purchased a copy for my three year old nephew. I think the target age for this book is probably a little higher, but he's a bit ahead of the curve in that regard so I'm thinking he's going to enjoy it.

This book has a lot going for it, including finely detailed illustration and writing, but the best part is that it's both true and accurate. As usual, truth is even better than fiction. It's a great account of the bizarre situation, even for adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Levy on April 24, 2013
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Bought this for my sons 7th birthday. I needed it because we had been making weekly trips to the library to check this book out. We read it all the time. Truly a wonderful story about how amazing whales are. I also bought him a plush whale that looked just like Humphrey in the story. He loved the book and the stuffed whale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L Singleton on May 18, 2010
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I was so happy to find this book for a friends little boy. I was there to watch them help Humphrey out os San Francisco Bay....We had followed his path. I know he will love having it read to him...
They had to locate the book and took the time to find it for me...Thank you so much!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Soracco on September 25, 2008
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Got this too, after seeing it on Reading Rainbow. I grew up 30 mins from where Humphrey was and remembered it from when I was a kid. I wanted to share it with my kids and they love it too.
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