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Brenda Peterson’s New Book: Wild Orca, Wisest Whale in the World

Brenda Peterson, a BEI Emeritus Fellow, has recently released a new book- Wild Orca: The Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World. The book was written by Brenda and illustrated by Wendell Minor. 

A picture book homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca, who lived to be 105 years old! 
For animal lovers and future environmentalists.

“Will Granny and her family come again this year?” Dark fins slice through whitecaps, heading straight toward shore.

Told from the perspective of young Mia and her family on a whale-watching excursion in the San Juan Islands, here is a moving homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca. This intimate and informative story celebrates the importance of respecting and protecting wildlife. It also sheds light on communication and family connections in both human and orca communities, all while answering essential questions about how these intelligent animals live.

A Christy Ottaviano Book


A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Evocative watercolor illustrations show the appealing whales swimming and communicating, with the text integrating the whales’ signature sounds into the story. An informative and entertaining introduction to this intriguing endangered species.“–Kirkus Reviews

Minor’s glorious gouache paintings capture the joy of the day, setting the stage, introducing the characters—both human and dolphin—and showing these gymnasts in action. . . An engaging, possibly inspiring addition to any nature collection.”–School Library Journal

Minor’s fullbleed paintings of the orcas and their admirers, especially the underwater scenes, are stunning. An intriguing, visually appealing introduction to a remarkable animal.“–Booklist

For copies of the book.