Zealy and Whubba Go Fishing
Roe De Pinto
Learning to swim was the first thing that Zealy remembered but the second is catching fish as the sun shines and day begins. Zealy and Whubba are back for their third adventure and this time she is going to learn a survival skill: Fishing. In order to eat she has to learn how to fish and who better than her father to teach her the skills. Food is important she knows to make her big and strong and when she told her best friend Whubba they were excited. They could practice swimming and catch fish. If they catch enough just think they could have a picnic on the beach. Whubba thought it was a great idea and agreed to teach his best friend how to fish. Zealy crawled into the water and swam down under. Whubba made sure she was safe. They both swam and when Whubba dove down he demonstrated how to catch a fish in your mouth and swallow it up. Whubba did this quite a few times but Zealy wanted to try. Patience is needed and she was getting upset because she could not catch them fast enough. Poor Zealy. Would she ever get the knack? Watching Whubba and beginning to understand what to do as he stacked up the fish he caught on the beach. But, perseverance, diligence, practice and not giving up just might pay off. Wait until you see what happens as Zealy goes after the fish. You might want to join them for their picnic because there just might be enough to go around. Wait until she brings the extra to her parents. Do you think they will be proud of her? What do you think her Daddy will do when he sees all of the fish?
When you try to do something you have never done before and you succeed you should be proud of yourself for your accomplishment. Zealy was smiling, happy and went back in the water to give a special thank you to her friend. Learning to fish is a lot of work and they were tired and decided to take a nap. But, you know kids they often get a second wind and wait until you see what Whubba and Zealy do next. Would you go underwater with a friend and explore the ocean’s bottom? Check out the great illustrations and get your gear and join them for his special ride. What is next for these two best friends as they return to their families and head for home? These two are so different yet they are the same. A snow-white seal pup and an orca have more than you think in common: Friendship, trust, love, understanding and the fact that they look out for each other. This is a great way to teach safety rules, friendship, talk about differences and how they can work for you, talk about people that are of different races and religions. If an orca and a seal pup can get along why can’t we? This is a great series for young children and I think adults can learn some lessons too.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine