by Sukey HowardOctober, 2006
Once upon a time, Lynne Cox swam with a baby gray whale who had lost his mother and couldn't survive long without her. Cox, then 17, already a great, record-breaking open-water swimmer, was out on her early morning swim off Seal Beach, California. She stayed in the cold Pacific waters with the baby whale for hours, his concerned companion and playmate, until his mother, with her sonar and whale songs, found her son. Not magical realism but magical reality, Grayson is Cox's story of those extraordinary hours, remembered in lyric prose and made all the more vivid by her perfect narration, alive with heartfelt emotion and wonder (she could have been a winning audio actor, not just a world-class swimmer!). Short, sweet, a family listening treasure.