March 27, 2012
……it took me awhile to get back to “Watercolors” (I’m
always reading three books at any given time!), but when I did, I was
hooked. It was fascinating to learn the “back” story of JJ. I never
made it down to SeaWorld to see her, but, of course, remember the story
very well. Your book is so touching, sweet, and precious. At one
point I found myself sobbing so you really hit all the emotional
buttons! I loved how you intermingled JJ’s story with marine
conservation facts……..very clever -Glenda S.
January 30, 2012
I picked up Watercolors last night around 2am, and didn't get to bed
until 7am, and had an appointment at 8am.. so you see what you did to
me... Breathtaking, engaging, suspenseful and just great writing.
to engage me
is very tough, its take the likes of a James Clavell, to keep me
engaged, and you did it... it was thought provoking, educational, and
should be a movie...very, very, very impressed to say the least, proud to know you, and i learned so much... thank you for a great gift! - Glen
January 24, 2012
I just finished reading Watercolors. I couldn't put the book down until I had devoured every page. The descriptions of the lives of gray whales and the oceans they inhabit were exciting - sometimes disturbing - to read, with data unlike information in a text book, but alive with passion and wonder.
Of necessity, of course, is the author's plea for all of us to do what we can to protect the oceans of the world and their inhabitants from the daily onslaught of human activity, including toxins from industrial waste, farm runoff, enterprises that keep animals in captivity, and the daily actions of each of us that contribute to global warming.
JJ is a whale that I will never forget, and it was especially thrilling to learn that Friends of Animals' Peter Wallerstein played a key role in her dramatic rescue. I would advise everyone to read this book - and be inspired.
Sincerely yours, ~ Maryanne