Creator and illustrator explored orcas’ residence whereas creating ‘A Whale of the Wild’
“I’ve been wanting to know about orcas all my life,” Parry told KidsPost by telephone from his back home in Portland, Oregon, where he writes.
Parry first encountered these marine mammals while camping one night with his family off the coast of San Juan. He was awakened by the sound of orcas appearing to breathe.
“I remember the great‘ chaaaah ’of air coming out and I knew right away it was a fish,” Parry said. “I felt several breaths, one after the other, and then I got up.”
All around the world
Parry’s curiosity led him to make a story about two young orcas, Vega and his younger brother, Deneb.
The book begins with Vega learning how to lead his family group, or pod, with his assistant, Deneb. When the vega is in a hurry, the brothers are separated from their beans. In search of their lost families, they find friends – and they are at high risk.
When asked how he – a landowner – wrote in a note from orcas undersea, Parry replied with a laugh: “It was very difficult.”
Parry read books and articles about orcas, and consulted scientists. He interviewed local Indian Indian leaders, whose tribes have had orcas for years.
But he met the world of orcas when he and the author, Lindsay Moore, traveled around the Salish Lake – by car, leg and kayak – one week in September last year.
Along the way, Parry and Moore saw grasshoppers, snails, and other wild animals all around them. He took pictures and notes and wrote sketches to better explain this in the book.
On the kayak water, Parry took care of the waves and waves that the orcas swam in. While paddling, he and Moore were able to “spyhop,” or watch at the same rate as an orca emerging from the sea to look around.
“Lindsay was a successful partner,” Parry said. “He studied marine biology, which is why I know his illustrations will be accurate and beautiful, and he also helped me to know more about the book.”
Writing in price
For 17 years, Parry wrote in a log cabin, a great place for wildlife lovers. In the branches of Douglas Firi, surrounded by birds and squirrels, he thinks of the life of wildlife, including orcas and foxes in his book “Wolf Wolfled Wander.”
For children who are interested in animal writing, Parry offers the following tips: Get to know the world as much as the animal can. Can it see, hear, or smell? How can it move?
Parry takes his own advice. He knelt and sniffed in the woods, like his wolf character, and looked at the sea otters as his orcas.
Now he is trying to choose which animal to write his next book. Depending on his choice, he may soon become more adept at walking, running or crawling.
The “Wild Whale” highlights the realities of life – global warming, toxins in the water and food shortages for orcas and other marine creatures. Want to help? Rosanne Parry illustrates this:
● Do not use less power. Walk, bike or ask parents at carpool. Turn off the lights and appliances when you use them.
● Buy less, and use more. Try to keep plastics and other contaminants in the water.
● Write your representatives to Congress. Opposition when fragile natural resources are threatened.
Note: Rosanne Parry talks about the “Natural Whale.”
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