Bibliographic Information: Meadows, Daisy. Whitney the Whale Fairy. New York: Scholastic, 2010.
Rachel and Kristy go on a boat for whale-watching. They encounter a pod acting strangely, and Whitney the Whale Fairy arrives and asks for the girls’ help. The whales had been affected by a piece of magical conch shell. Whitney magically turned the girls into fairies and they dove to retrieve the piece of shell. They evaded the evil goblins who were also after the shell piece. Whitney returns the girls to their boat and returns the shell piece to fairyland.
Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 770; Accelerated Reader: 5.0
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on mystery-solving. It teaches about ocean wildlife and ecology. Illustrations were placed on every other page, supplementing the text.
Content Area: English, Mysery
Content Area Standard:
- CCSS for Literature for K-5: #2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
- CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently; #7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
- CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5: #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
This is a great chapter book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 3rd grade through 5th grade. It explores themes like teamwork and adventure.
Main characters are Caucasian, the guiding fairy of this book is African-American (by the cover illustration, not described in text).