Kestermonster, June 4, 2009 (view all comments by Kestermonster)
Cox's notion that strong positive thinking will concur all prevails in this beautiful story of a lost baby whale. The author never really divulges how taxing physically the ordeal must have been. Have you ever swam in 50 degree water?? Its like torture. I think in her shoes (or swim suit!!) we would have all tried to do the same, but it took a truly special person to help Grayson. A touching, quick and easy read ideal for anyone needing a pick-me-up. A+
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deep thinker, April 13, 2008 (view all comments by deep thinker)
How can one have the endurance to swim continuously in the ocean for three hours, and then spend another several hours swimming beside a baby whale to help find its mother? Lynne Cox, that's who. The descriptions of her experience giving of herself to assist a baby whale places the reader right there with her in the cool coastal waters, experiencing the spiritual connections between herself and the sea creatures all around her. Cox's writing, and Grayson, will stay with with me for a long time.
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You'd swear from the synopsis that it's fiction, grist for an after-school special or Disney's latest blockbuster. But, no, 17-year-old long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox, training one morning off the California coast, discovered a baby gray whale that had been separated from his mother. For hours, she stayed with him, from the pier to an oil rig, under pelicans, among dolphins, and through jungles of kelp in the dark, open water, waiting for the mother's return. Cox's bighearted adventure simply leaps off the page. Grayson is one of the most invigorating books to come out of the ocean in years.
"This book is moving and thrilling in its simple language as Cox laments the inadequacy of words to express profound feelings but demonstrates the exhilaration of the effort."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"An inspirational, almost spiritual read."
by John Grogan, author of Marley and Me,
"A moving and memorable story, filled with dramatic tension and loving descriptions of the sea and all the wondrous creatures it holds. Grayson is a celebration of the natural world in all its glory, and the deep and lasting effect it can have on us humans if only we pause to notice."
by Jane Goodall, Ph.D.,
"Lynne Cox is a master of story telling: her prose captures the vast movements and deep mysteries of the ocean and the creatures for whom it is home. Everyone who reads Grayson will be enchanted and profoundly moved. Grayson is a powerful voice for conservation."
by Carl Hiaasen,
"Grayson would be compelling enough as a fable about a young woman and a lost whale. The fact that it's true makes the story wondrous, and unforgettable."
by School Library Journal,
"[A] simple but suspenseful narrative....This true adventure is as breathtaking as the exotic underwater life that the author describes in vivid detail."
One dark morning while the 17-year-old author was training for a long-distance swim, she became aware that something was swimming with her — a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother. This is the magical, mysterious tale of how Cox miraculously reunited mother and baby.
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