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About Jennifer O'Connell
Her recent book, The Eye of the Whale - A Rescue Story, tells the true tale of a whale rescue and the humpback's extraordinary behavior toward the divers who risked their lives to free her. The book received The Green Earth Book Award, a Moonbeam Gold Award and was named a Maryland Blue Crab Honor Book, among other honors. After hearing about the event, Jennifer traveled to San Francisco, were she interviewed crew members and rode the rescue boat, Superfish, out into the Pacific Ocean to the area where the rescue took place. This experience fueled her inspiration as she created the images and words of this remarkable story.
Jennifer is known for her engaging, interactive presentations and workshops. She speaks frequently about her books and her bookmaking process at schools, libraries and conferences.
A graduate of The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jennifer and her husband, Kevin O'Connell, have two grown children and live in Bethesda, Maryland.
For more information, please visit www.JenniferOConnellArt.com.
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*GREEN EARTH BOOK AWARD*
*MOONBEAM GOLD AWARD(NON-FICTION)*
*MARYLAND BLUE CRAB AWARD*
*SOCIETY OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS INTERNATIONAL HONOR AWARD*
On a cool December morning near San Francisco, a distress call was radioed to shore by a local fisherman. He had discovered a humpback whale tangled in hundreds of yards of crab-trap lines, struggling to stay at the surface to breathe. A team of volunteers answered the call, and four divers risked their lives to rescue the enormous animal.
What followed was a rare and remarkable demonstration of animal behavior. This celebrated story, beautifully depicted in Jennifer O’Connell’s mesmerizing paintings, will make you wonder about animal emotions and the unique connections we can have with animals—even whales.
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