Teaching Children The Hard Truth Of Whale Extinction Through Her Writing

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Marka Mikova tells the story of a Gray Whale in danger of extinction.

172 days A round trip through the Pacific Ocean, 22,511 kilometers is the leit-motiv of “Varvara – Kniha o velrybím putování” (The Book of Whales Wandering) by Marka Mikova.

A route of waves, currents and storms between the Russian Bering Sea and the bays of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It is the longest known migration made by a mammal … and, at some point in that itinerary, Varvara has its origin, which “at first was nothing, just a drop of water” until he is able to shout something similar to: I … I am already!.

She is: a gray whale newly created; a cetacean that was about to become extinct; a tiny animal that gains life and size in the magnificent belly of its mother; a mammal that will one day reach fifteen meters long and twenty tons of weight. And one night, Varvara will come out.

It will leave that dark and warm place with its tail in front, as the calves come to the water. And it will be like that, after thirteen months of gestation, how she will open her eyes to that sifted blue on an ocean floor that will throw her to the love and protection of her mother, the discovery of seals, dolphins and humans, friendship and pain, the whalers and the dangers.

And in this cartography peppered with songs, krill and spiracles, Varvara will learn to become an adult, while the tides will take your readers to a journey of adventure, information about the gray whale and an ecological awareness reflected in a deep respect for these mammals protected and its habitat.

This is how, through this sort of logbook about Varvara and her world, a sort of ‘sea movie’ about the longest journey (geographical and vital) will be flooded with emotions and discoveries on the surface (of whale) .

Those little ones? monsters

And the creatures are coming (and calling). On the illustrated pages of ‘The Scream’ (Takatuka), short texts that say: pass gentleman, forward, grandma, Pity animal. Come on, do not be afraid, quiet, little one.

The moon, terrified, remains hidden behind the clouds … That does not want to see it … In a climate of intrigue, an unreliable narrator throws tenderness and fears right and left of the pages and the fears. Because while a man in pajamas lets all those ‘adorable’ beings into the house, the images present Count Dracula , a full-fledged witch, to Frankenstein, the ferocious wolf, a huge cyclops with pointy ears … All flee from the same cry (fierce, terrifying, in capital letters, between interjections), which makes the forest trees rumble from the first to the last page of the story.

Teaching Children The Hard Truth Of Whale Extinction Through Her Writing

He is a “dangerous madman”, a “real madman”, a “horrible monster”. Who will be that “evil beast that wanders in the forest”; that “scary being” who is so afraid of the whole gallery of “bad guys” in the stories; who is the architect of that prolonged cry that is approaching, that is coming, that calls with all his strength, that is already on the other side of the door, that makes the lonely house tremble in the forest, that ..?

Only the father, who (also) will open the door, only he knows who is capable of that cry … and what awaits them. The story of Margarita del Mazo and Fernando PérezIt is recommended after four years.


Source: El Norte de Castilla